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A few weeks ago we got to be a part of a great new offroad event called Wild West.  The event was held along the dusty trails in and around the ghost town of Gold Point, NV.  Gold Point is a living ghost town. There are a few residents there and they enjoy a totally different way of life. This event was all about getting out and exploring what the gold rush left us. It would probably take you all day to count the number of mines in this area.  We got to visit ruins at Stateline, Oriental Wash, Mohawk, Blair, Silver Peak and more.  We saw gold mines, silver mines, and even lithium mines.  Yes, the stuff that is in our batteries. There is so much history in those hills. We can’t wait for Wild West 2017! Obviously along the way we got some amazing photos!    

Chasing the Super Bloom

By | April 10, 2016 7:23 pm

Major rain storms that Death Valley had in October 2015 destroyed roads and flooded Scotty’s Castle. We happened to have driven through Titus Canyon and passed Scotty’s the day before the storms.  We camped at Gold Point that night and broke camp as it started to rain.  The entire drive back to Las Vegas, we were pounded with rain and started hearing reports of the places we had just been the day before getting washed away.  The devastation is still being cleaned up and fixed months later. The silver lining to the storms is that the ground was primed for a special spring blooming of wild flowers.  Nationally, news stories were calling it a Super Bloom.  Since we live so close to Death Valley, of course we had to check it out first hand. When we went, all the reports were indicating that the best of the bloom was in ... Read More

Arizona Strip to Whitmore Canyon

By | November 15, 2015 6:57 pm

This is a trip that has been on the bucket list for a while.  Whitmore Canyon provides an unparalleled view of the Grand Canyon.  The end of the trail leaves you several hundred feet below the rim with many more to go.  It provides a phenomenal place to camp as well. The trail we took in was fairly easy and only required 4-wheel drive in a couple spots, however high clearance is a must. The trail starts off at the River Rd. exit on Utah Highway 7. Heading down on BLM 1069 also known as the Mt. Trumbull Loop. The road, for the most part, is easy, but can be impassable if wet. We stopped at the old Mt. Trumbull School house for a break before continuing south on Road 257, which later becomes BLM 1045.   Continuing south the road slowly deteriorates and becomes more rutted and rocky.  It’s ... Read More

We took a few days to drive from Monterrey, CA to Santa Barbara along the legendary Pacific Coast Highway, aka Highway 1. This is one of those trips where we had no real plans other than to take in the sites along the way. We started off with lunch at the London Pub in Monterrey and then spent some time walking on the pier and got some sand between the toes.  Mid-afternoon we drove down to our first night’s camp at Prewitt Ridge. The view was incredible.  We hiked around the area for a while before taking a seat to enjoy the sunset. As night fell, the clouds rolled in below us, covering the ocean. Venus and Jupiter were bright in the sky and gave us some great nighttime pictures. The clouds offered a very interesting glow from the ocean.  We’re not sure if it was caused by fishing ships ... Read More

We spent the holiday weekend around the Grand Canyon and then up through Zion. We left Las Vegas Friday mid-afternoon and headed towards the Grand Canyon. The drive had sun, rain, sleet, hail and just about everything in between. We caught a great shot of a rainbow as the sun was hanging low in the sky behind us. We made it to camp along Forrest Rd 302 as the sun was setting.  We set up the tent and climbed in for a chilly 32 degree night. Saturday morning we went into Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim and played tourist for a while. We made it over to the Desert View Watchtower. The tower and the area is steeped with history. From there we headed up to Horseshoe Bend just outside of Page, Az. Phenominal views.  Hard to describe. I guess you just have to be there to understand. On ... Read More