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dsefcik
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10/25/2014
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Took a drive out to the Mojave Road with Tom and his friends, we started at the Colorado River and made it to Kelbaker road where we ran out of time and everyone decided to head home since it was Sunday. I took along my big Pentax 6x7 120 format film camera and my Nexus 7 tablet. The Pentax takes great photos and the Nexus makes a great navigation device, I had downloaded all of the maps onto the device before leaving and used Backcountry Navigator Pro for the navigation app. It all really works great, don't think I'll be going back to my small screen Delorme anymore.

Tom has some VERY nice photos of the trip, way better than anything I have, hopefully he will share a few.

You can find all the info you want to know about the Mojave Road on this website http://www.mojave-road.com

B/W photos taken with the Pentax 6x7 with Ilford SFX 200 film, Red 25A filter and developed with Ilford DD-X

Driving the road thru the joshua tree forest


Somewhere in Lanfair Valley, next to the bus I think


This is on the Fort Piute Trail


This is the Fort Piute Valley / Canyon, you can see the remains of the fort in the lower left. The was running water in the stream.


Camped at Fort Piute


Cool old corral




Lots of petroglyphs along the way










Joshua Tree forest


Old cabin along the way


The Lava Beds near the Lava Tubes, this stuff is really hard to walk on!


Parked somewhere, can't remember but apparently I went for a walk...


Enough black & white, here is some color stuff from the Nexus 7

Sunrise at Fort Piute


Sunset at the Lava Beds


My truck after Tom's friends got hold of it at night


Nice old Native American trail


I stayed an extra night so this was my last night's setup before going home


Trying to catch the sunset reflection of Baker in my rear view window


Red Spotted Toad


More 'glyphs








Tom at the old cabin


Our caravan of vehicles


The frog shrine




Lots more photos of the trip are here on my gallery

Total Mylar Balloons this trip - 1 (not photographed)

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anutami
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10/26/2014
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Awesome trip! Thanks for sharing. Whats up with the lights on your truck? Makes me want to get out there and give it a go smile
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10/26/2014
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Great pics, Daren! Especially like your Lanfair Valley Joshua Tree forest and the Piute Creek petros with the shallow depth of field. Did I miss your bent palm tree petro pic somewhere? I could barely see it when we arrived. The problem with this trip was three days to finish it but finding three weeks of stuff to explore on the way. Need to get out there again.

Here's Daren at Piute Creek with his 8lb camera

Daren at Piute Creek by tomteske, on Flickr

A little smores bandit clearing out the campsite near the Lava Tubes.

Graham Cracker by tomteske, on Flickr

Was taking pics of tiny yellow flowers with a macro lens and decided to take one of a rabbit dropping and saw this. Amazing microcosm on a solitary dropping!

Rabbit Dropping by tomteske, on Flickr

The famous school bus in Lanfair Valley:

Lanfair Bus2 by tomteske, on Flickr

Great classic trip for anyone with a 4x4. We had no problems with any part of the road (only went to about mile 80) except right before Rock Spring where there is a treacherous drop off we elected to skip. The Casebier Mojave Road Guide is pretty much essential to take with you.
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10/26/2014
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Nolan (anutami) wrote:
Awesome trip! Thanks for sharing. Whats up with the lights on your truck? Makes me want to get out there and give it a go smile
Tom's friends brought some Xmas lights and I guess my truck was the tree...smile

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10/26/2014
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Love that road. So many spots with huge views and plenty of history too. A fun trip every time.
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10/26/2014
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Tom, you have a lot more great photos you are not sharing but the rabbit dropping IS MY FAVORITE!!

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10/26/2014
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Neat Trip! Neat traveling on a trail that's thousands of years old and still dirt! I've been on parts of it and traced most of it on google earth. The ancient ones followed the water. Many of the walk in wells have been erased by the sands of time. Those petroglyphs were markers describing what's ahead . Great photography once again Daren!
Did you get near Mitchel caverns ?
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10/26/2014
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Interesting that there are so many petroglyphs on such small rocks, have only seen photos of larger panels before. Looks like they made a mini Burning Man piece of art out of Daren's truck, heh? Great photos guys.

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10/26/2014
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rockhopper wrote:
Neat Trip! Neat traveling on a trail that's thousands of years old and still dirt! I've been on parts of it and traced most of it on google earth. The ancient ones followed the water. Many of the walk in wells have been erased by the sands of time. Those petroglyphs were markers describing what's ahead . Great photography once again Daren!
Did you get near Mitchel caverns ?
Thanks rockhopper..Mitchel pretty much has everything closed and the signs have the name erased from them, they have been vandalized into complete closure....they may open again this year their website says.

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10/26/2014
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Jim (ziphius) wrote:
Interesting that there are so many petroglyphs on such small rocks, have only seen photos of larger panels before. Looks like they made a mini Burning Man piece of art out of Daren's truck, heh? Great photos guys.
It was kinda like an Easter Egg hunt...it was fun finding them...

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