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Wednesday, 27 January 2016 22:11

2015 - Trip Report Castaic Lake to Edwards AFB

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016 22:02

2015 - Trip Report - Carty's Camp DE Visit

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Carty's Camp DE Visit - Thanksgiving 2016

by Bob Jaussaud

A bunch of Desert Explorers and friends once again shared turkey with all the trimmings at the “bunkhouse” on the Colorado River this 2015 Thanksgiving season. During the holiday festivities, some of us were lucky enough to enjoy a visit to historic Carty’s Camp in Needles, CA on Old National Trails (later Route 66).

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Monday, 25 January 2016 23:08

2015 Trip Report - Palomar Divide Trail

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Palomar Divide Trail

November 21, 2015

by Bob Jacoby

Our group hit the jackpot as we met on Saturday morning November 21. The weather was already in the 70’s and the skies were crystal clear. We couldn’t have asked for a better day to drive the Palomar Divide Trail and enjoy the tremendous views it had to offer on a clear day. Our outstanding group consisted of myself, new member Chris Parker, Alan Wicker and friend Bob, Mal Roode, Ted Kalil, Terry and Ellen Ogden, and Bob and Sue Jaussaud.

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Thursday, 21 January 2016 23:24

2015 - Trip Report - Canyonlands, The Maze Trip

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Canyonlands, Utah, The Maze Trip

October 2015

By Bob Jaussaud

Mal had almost given up on joining us. We didn’t make it to Hanksville until the morning after our meeting time. The problem was that Nelson, Ellen, Mignon and I were having too much fun and finding too many interesting side roads during our run from Zion up Skutumpah Road to Hole-In-The- Rock. The evening we were supposed to be in Hanksville, we ran out of daylight while still in the high country south of Torrey and had to camp in the aspens, deer and beautiful Fall colors. Sorry Mal.

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Sunday, 04 October 2015 17:00

2015 - Trip Report - The White Rim Road

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The 100 + mile White Rim Road loops around and below the Island in the Sky mesa top and provides expansive views of the surrounding area.

Part of the group, which included Marian Johns, Bob and Sue Jaussaud, Glenn Shaw, Ron Lipari and Mignon Slentz met up at Hackberry, AZ. From there, we proceeded to Flagstaff and then headed north on 89 and east on 160 to camp at Navajo National Monument where we spent a pleasant, cooler evening.  Next morning before departing, we stopped at the Visitor’s Center and took a short hike on the Sandal trail to view the distant Anasazi ruins of Betatakin.

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Sunday, 04 October 2015 16:33

2015 - General Meeting photos August 29 , 2015

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There was a General Meeting at Neal and Marian's House on August 29, 2015. Check out the pictures of important topics being discussed, along with some Tomfoolery!

Sunday, 04 October 2015 16:13

2015 - Trip Report - San Juan Soujourn

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San Juan Soujourn

Ted Kalil • August 22nd, 2015

Undeterred by my bad press, Jerry and Dolly Dupree, Frederic and Barbara Raab, Nan Healy, Bob Jacoby, Nelson Miller, John and Helen Carson and friends Al and Laura, Terry and Eileen Ogden, and I met up at the Cranston Work Center of the Forest Service. Also there were maybe 20 members of SCORE (Southern California Off Road Explorers), who were also going to travel up Rouse Ridge. They left a little before us, but we didn’t want to be behind them with that many vehicles.

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Prehistoric History Unearthed !

By Debbie Miller Marschke

Located in the middle of the Mojave National Preserve, in a drainage basin east of the Hackberry Mountains, lies a private inholding of land owned by Dennis & Jo Ann Casebier.  Some years ago, Park Archeologist Dave Nichols declared that the property contained a potentially important historic Native American midden site that had been discovered under a natural rock shelter.  During the week of April 5 – 10, 2015, volunteers gathered for an archeological survey of the artifacts. I was fortunate to participate on this historic dig for two days. We camped on site after having been escorted in past a locked gate. The route in was not difficult, but a little tricky in the  sandy spots. I think this is the most beautiful part of the Mojave Preserve I have ever seen due to the blending of various plants and geology. This area was alive with birds and jackrabbits. The DE was also represented there by Bob & Sue Jaussaud, and Glenn Shaw, and their contribution lasted through the end of the week and the restoration of the site and environs.

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Sunday, 16 August 2015 12:26

2015 - Member Doings Report - Austrailia

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June 18 - July 13, 2015

by Anne & George Stoll

Dear DE friends,

This was our year for Australia. With the exchange rate of greenbacks to Australian dollars so favorable to our side, we couldn;t pass it up. So off we went to the Northern Territory or “top end” on a trip planned to see as much rock art as possible. Of course, we saw and learned a lot more, this being our first time Down Under. After flying Virgin Australia from LAX to Sydney to Darwin, our first stop was Max Davidson’s camp on Cooper Creek near Mt. Borradaile, Arnhem Land, Australia. This was such a special place and it might be off-limits in the future because all arrangements with Aboriginal people are in flux at present, especially in Arnhem Land. A long story, very political, no end in sight. Anyway, Mt. Borradaile became one of our all-time favorite places. We approach one of the sites by water, cruising up Left Hand Billabong. to a most remarkable cave.

Happy summer from Anne & George


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Sunday, 16 August 2015 11:36

2015 - Trip Photos Tejon Ranch #2

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Tejon Ranch Return trip

lead by Bob Jacoby on June 20 , 2015

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