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Galapagos Island Adventure

August 23 - September 4, 2018

by Debbie Miller Marschke

When I was 7 years old, my Mom bought a set of Time Life books for our family. One of those books was titled “Evolution.” It was my favorite book in the set and I can still see the illustrative photos in my mind’s eye. The images never left me, and soon I had added the first entry to my personal “bucket list”: The Galapagos Islands. Pretty ambitious for a 7 year old!

Through Steve’s college alumni association with CalTech, we had the opportunity to visit the Galapagos Islands. We flew to Guayaquil, Ecuador first, and then flew another 725 miles west to the Galapagos where we boarded the National Geographic ship “Endeavor II.” We flew from Los Angeles to Miami, then Miami to Guayaquil. Yes, I know what you are now thinking ( I thought the same thing) but check the map – Ecuador is on the same time zone as the East Coast. It took about 13 hours travel time to get from Los Angeles to Guayaquil. Then there was another short flight from the mainland to the island of San Cristobal. Our ship was embarking from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. There were about 90 people (52 cabins) in our group, the ship was 240 feet long; very accommodating and nimble enough to maneuver in close to shore. This tour was not a “cruise” format, it was an “expedition” itinerary focused on the natural environment.

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 23:05

2018 - Trip Report - San Bernardino Mountains

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San Bernardino Mountains

September 15, 2018 Leaders: Danny & Norma Siler

On Saturday, Sept 15 we led a trip to the San Bernardino Mountains. It was a beautiful day. We had eight vehicles. The group was Pete and Janet Austin with Beth Mika, Axel Heller, Gary Hilder and Don Zarzah, Nelson Miller, Bob Peltzman and Bonni, B.J. and Monica Keeling with son Jarred and Tracy Wood.

Our meet-up location was in Running Springs. Then we drove the highway to Fawnskin to pick up a couple more vehicles, then drove to 2N09 -Polique Canyon Road which began our dirt road exploration.

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 00:26

2018 - Trip Report - West Salt Lake Desert

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Desert Explorers at Large

West Salt Lake Desert

I have now been on two very enjoyable and rewarding tours through the West Salt Lake desert in Utah and would suggest Desert Explorers consider a trip a little further afield than the Mojave.

My first auto trip left Ely, NV on Alternate US 93 and turned east into the desert just west of Dutch Mountain in UT. The views from that pass, the small desert community of Callao, the open desert, Simpson’s Spring, Fish Springs N.W.R., and Dugway Pass are highlights of the route that once was used by pioneers on the Oregon Trial, the Overland Stage, the Pony Express and the Lincoln Highway. There are plenty of markers in the desert to commemorate historic sites.

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Emigrant Trails with Bob n Sue

Like most of us, Sue and I enjoy finding and following old trails. There are many of them to explore and each emigrant trail across our beautiful nation has its own individual story. Their very names inspire a curiosity and wanderlust in us. Think about the Santa Fe or the Cimarron, the Pony Express,the Oregon, Mormon, Applegate, Platte or Old Spanish Trail. We can follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, Hastings, Bozeman, Goodale, Kearny, Nobles or Carson. We can try and imagine the obstacles endured on the Donner Trail, or the Cherokee Trail, or the Trail of Tears. We can revisit the not so distant past on Old National Trails, Route 66 or the Lincoln Highway. We have such a great history to experience on our emigrant trails.

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 00:10

2018 - Trip Report- Redwood Exploratory

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Redwoods Exploratory

August 24-26, 2018 Leader: Nelson Miller

We had nine vehicles and 13 people for a beautiful trip in the Sequoias. There were Nelson & Ellen Miller, Mignon Slentz, Dave Burdick, Glenn Shaw, Janet & Peter Austin. Bob & Sue Jaussaud, David Hess, Barbie & Larry Tidball, and Stephen Mersman. Thanks to Bob and Sue for doing sweep all weekend, they did a great job. It was a nice relief from the heat of the desert, since we were generally between 5,000 and 7,000 feet and it was actually in the 30’s when we got up in the morning. It was a fun group and we all enjoyed the sequoias. I find being in the big trees so peaceful and relaxing. Larry Tidball brought along a couple of books, Sequoia Groves and The 150 Largest Trees, which added immeasurably to our experience.

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Monday, 03 December 2018 23:55

Desert Explorers Meeting Minutes 7-28-2018

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Meeting Minutes July 28th, 2018

Attending: Bobby Sanchez & Daniel Dick, Terry & Eileen Ogden, Ruth & Emmett Harder, Marian & Neal Johns, Jerry & Dolly Dupree, Sunny & Jean Hansen Jim Watson & Linda Stevens, Bob Jacoby, Jay Lawrence

Regrets Deb & Steve Marschke, Ding & Allan Wicker, June Box, Nelson Miller, Bob & Sue Jaussaud, Bill & Julie Smith

Meeting Opened 11:48 a.m. Previous Minutes Approved. Treasurer Reported by Bob Jacoby for Bill Smith. We’re solvent and in good shape. Current funds as of 7/25 are $4,948. We have 87 subscriptions, approximately 143 folks when you add in active family members. We should push for more subscribers, possibly printing newsletters to have on hand at the Museum for visitors. DE cards and bumper stickers are forthcoming. More news at the next meeting.

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Desert Explorers at Large

Ellen Miller is camping in Flagstaff, Arizona, for about a month so you know we had to invade her Peace & Quiet and take her for a hike and then to lunch over at our house - July 27. She was a good sport letting us kidnap her for the day.

~ Bill & Julie Smith

Monday, 03 December 2018 23:12

2018 - Trip Report - Two Disasters + One

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Two Disasters + One

by Marian Johns

It seems fate was plotting against us  only two – Yikes! I drove on very slowly – we were just not destined to join Bill Powell’s Hastings Cut Off trip (July 9-11). This, by the way, is the trail that  the Donner Party took.

Our problems all started when Neal, realizing that he no longer has the strength that he used to, knew that he would have trouble getting the lug nuts off if we ever had a flat tire because the tire shops tighten them so tight. So he loosened all of them a bit. You can see where this is headed, no doubt. A bit turned out to be way too much.

Disaster # One: Warning signs began when the truck started wandering. We were about 40 miles from Wendover, Nevada when the wandering became so severe I had to stop and see why. The fellow behind me also stopped and told me that the left rear wheel was wobbling. Closer inspection showed that four out of the six studs were broken and missing. That left only two – Yikes! I drove on for a couple of miles but soon realized I could never make it 40 miles.

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Monday, 03 December 2018 23:05

2018 - Trip Report - After the Hastings Trip

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After the Hastings Trip

by Mignon Slentz • Pinedale Wyoming- July 13-15, 2018

After Bill Powell’s Hastings Cut Off Trip, Ellen Miller, Glenn Shaw and myself traveled north towards Wyoming. For several years I have wanted to visit the Mountain Man Museum in Pinedale. The timing was perfect to also take in the annual Mountain Man Rendezvous. We camped by Fremont Lake. We enjoyed the parade, Trader’s Row and the very informative talks on clothing, trade goods and horse packing. Quite a few Rendezvous were held in the area and we were able to see those places. Always held on Second weekend in July. ~ Mignon

Monday, 03 December 2018 22:54

2018 - Trip Report - Hastings Cutoff

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Hastings Cutoff– or – Well, We Tried

July 9-11, 2018 By Bill Powell

Photos by Bill Powell and Brian Suen

The infamous Hastings Cutoff provided the pioneers with many surprises and setbacks. Our modern day expedition to the Hastings Cutoff was no exception. We had four people drop out prior to the start for one reason or  another. Then the evening before the start, I got a call from Marion Johns. She and Neal had broken down en route.

Monday, July 9th. Saw the Jaussauds, Ellen Miller, Jim Watson, Mignon Slentz, Brien Suen, Richard Brazier, Bob Jacoby and myself convoying from the 15 miles from the Interstate 80 exit to the starting point. Brian was late arriving, and had to catch up. Finally, about 9:00 a.m., we started out from the initial markers and ascended a barely visible track to the top of Bidwell Pass. Once there we gathered for a group photo at the first of 12 markers erected by the Trails West organization.

Continuing on, the track became more visible and we crossed over relatively flat terrain toward the next pass through the Toano Range that our 80 and the original alignment of old US 40. Having crossed our second pass of the day, we proceeded across the Goshute Valley. Once on the West side of the valley, we had to detour around a new active mine area. Picking up the route again, we (and the pioneers) had to skirt the base of the Pequop Mountains for 20 miles to the South before getting to a pass that wagons could handle.

We stopped for lunch at the top of Flowery Pass in an old narrow gauge railroad cut, then proceeded downhill into the Independence Valley. After crossing this valley, we drove through a forest going over yet another pass through the Spruce Mountain Ridge. Another fifteen miles or so across the next valley brought us to the base of the Ruby Mountains and US 93. From this point, we intended to drive North into Wells, NV for gas and overnight before continuing.  

This is where things went completely off the tracks. Just as we got to the highway, my Jeep cracked its radiator. So ended our Hastings Cutoff trip. Bob, Richard, Brian and I waited for a tow truck while the others found a nice campground in the Ruby Mountains and spent the night there before heading out. Bob, Richard and Brian spent the night in Wells before meeting me in Elko the next day. With repairs completed, we four started home Wednesday morning; the Hastings Cutoff having claimed more victims. ~ Bill

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