Desert Cleanup


In my last post I discussed attending the American Adventurist Desert Rendezvous 2017 in Ocotillo Wells.  A major part of that event was a cleanup of the desert landscape around where we were camped.  All attendees fanned out across the desert with garbage bags in hand and picked up anything that shouldn’t have been there.  The most interesting find was a large gun safe which had been drilled twice but was still locked!

Links:  previous related post

Desert Rendezvous 2017


I spent the past weekend at the American Adventurist Desert Rendezvous 2017 which was held in Ocotillo Wells on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land close to the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area.  A great time was had by the 125+ participants as they made new friends, learned new skills, inspected each other’s rigs, went on trail rides and just enjoyed being out in the desert.  This pic shows three vehicles that were parked close to me.  Love the Ursa Minor top on the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon in the foreground.



Sheep Canyon – ABDSP


Over this past weekend I camped at Sheep Canyon in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with a great group of folks.  This pic shows our campsite with a view of a palm oasis on the mountain behind.  The campsite was next to a stream which actually had some flowing water in it!  Didn’t get to hike up to the oasis on this trip but definitely want to come back and get a closer view.

Ocotillo Wells Vehicular Recreation Area


If desert riding is your thing, look no further than Ocotillo Wells Vehicular Recreation Area which is adjacent to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  It offers 85,000 acres of varied terrain to explore on two or four wheels.  Open camping is available throughout the park and no fees are collected for camping or day use.  But ya gotta love dirt!!!

Links:   CA Parks      previous related post


View from Butler Peak Fire Lookout


Last week I posted a pic of the Butler Peak Fire Lookout (see link below).  Today I am posting a pic of the awesome view of Big Bear Lake that the Lookout offers.  You can see most of the lake including the airport at the far end.

Links:    Butler Peak Fire Lookout

Butler Peak Fire Lookout


The road to the Butler Peak Fire Lookout (north of Big Bear Lake) reopened to the public in July 2016 after being closed for 9 years.  Sitting at 8,535 feet atop a tangle of rocks, the lookout offers a commanding 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains.  Fire Lookout Host volunteers James and Mark gave us a great overview of its history and function.  Check with the Big Bear Discovery Center to make sure it’s open before you go.

Links:   Fire Lookout Host Program

Lower Coyote Canyon Trail


The third creek crossing on the Lower Coyote Canyon Trail in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP) can be a bit disconcerting.  One enters the water but cannot see the end of the crossing because the trail bends and is covered by trees and vines.  The day we crossed the creek a few years ago there were about two feet of water to ford.

Links:   The Adventure Portal

Titus Canyon Petroglyphs


About 18 miles from the start of Titus Canyon Road in Death Valley National Park you will find the Klare Spring petroglyph area.  Although there has been some vandalism, several original images still persist.

Links:  NPS    previous related post

Hole in the Wall, Death Valley NP


Hole in the Wall is a small gap in a natural wall of rock some four hundred feet high.  It is located 3.7 miles up a sandy wash/road that takes off of Highway 190 close to Zabriskie Point and Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

Links:  Death Valley Backcountry Roads

Twenty Mule Team Canyon


Twenty Mule Team Canyon is an unpaved 2.7 mile, one-way loop drive in Death Valley National Park located off Highway 190 just east of Furnace Creek.  This badlands area is quite spectacular in color and texture.

Links:   NPS        previous related post