99 Photos - Mar 10, 2012
Photo: Diaz Lake.  It's windy here, and pretty sparse.  It was a good rally point, but I wouldn't recommend it as a destination of its own.Photo: Photo: Just an out the window snapshot of a sign I thought was cute.  Like that's sufficient advice.Photo: Photo: The described cement slabs.  Very handy!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We may have gone slightly overboard with our site setup - Jim and his dad's slab in the rear was looking a bit like a yard sale.  The camp shower (black box there) was very functional, but with the chill breeze, it was a little uncomfortable once the hot water wasn't flowing.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Sadly, this didn't taste like delicious wintergreen gum flavoring.Photo: Photo: We heard you like pipes.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Didn't see any harvesters, so I'm pretty sure this stuff's growing unchecked.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Chris might recognize the model of those two unrusted crankshafts.  Look like motorcycle parts to me.Photo: Jim's dust in the distance.  There are many, many roads that look like this in Death Valley.Photo: Ubehebe Crater - the explosion that created it would have been astonishing to witness.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The notorious Lippincott road.  We decided to drive it at night.

The sun was just setting, as of this photo.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Jim racing down Lippincott just after sunset.Photo: A view from our camp site at Saline Valley Warm SpringsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The warm springs has had palms planted, giving it a distinctive oasis look.

It's definitely easy to spot from a ways off during daylight.Photo: The bumper clips didn't care for long haul washboard at 40+ mph.  Fortunately, this bumper's queued for an upgrade in short order, so it's expendable.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Leaving the springs, headed to Steel Pass.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Got buzzed by F-18s a few times.  Some passing mach, most not.  The "slower" ones were often pretty close.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Steel Pass starts off a little bumpy like this, but it has a few dozen rock gardens worth slowing down for.  I found it to be a very fun trail.Photo: This is one of my personal favorites.  It looks very marine, to me - I feel like there should be an eel poking its snout out in the back.Photo: Photo: