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Jun 26, 2010 - Just as Hot in the Mojave

We visited the Mojave National Preserve today. It was desolate, dry and sort of eerie (did I spell that right?). Stopped at this little store in Nipton, California which was actually in the Preserve and it was like a ghost town from a Gunsmoke TV show. But at the turn of the century it was a bustling railroad depot where cattle were shipped out. After driing back to Las Vegas, we went to the Mirage for dinner. Headed back to the RV and took a dip in the pool after a long, hot day!

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Apr 7, 2010 - Mojave N P (Day 7) - Barber Peak Loop Trail

(Ron Writing) It was a little windy again today but right after lunch we took off for a hike on the Barber Peak Loop Trail. This is a 7.5 mile loop around the high mountain just to the west of the campground. Aside from being quite long the hike wasn’t too difficult since it only had a few hundred feet of elevation change. It took us about 3.5 hours. It was a great day for a hike. Once we got out of the campground area there was little wind and we were comfortable hiking without our jackets. We took a few photos along the way so you can get...

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Apr 6, 2010 - Mojave N P (Day 6) - The Rings Loop Trail

(Ron Writing) It was windy all night but not as bad as predicted. By noon the wind subsided so we went for a hike. We hiked the “Rings Loop Trail” which makes a loop around the mountain behind the visitor center. It’s about 2 miles with very little elevation change but it does have one section that ascends a narrow slot canyon that’s pretty challenging for two old retired folks. The weather was nice during our hike and we enjoyed the scenery and the exercise. Soon after we returned to the campground the wind was starting to blow again.

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Apr 5, 2010 - Mojave N P (Day 5) - Cold Windy Day

(Ron Writing) It was a windy cold day here so we spent most of the day indoors reading and working on our computers. The campground looked nearly empty this morning but a few RVs came in again this afternoon. There are no tents set up on any of the sites but we saw several sites occupied by just a passenger car. Those folks probably came here to camp in a tent but heard about the wind warnings. The forecast is for gusts up to 60 mph tonight. I forgot to mention the excitement we had here on Saturday afternoon. A couple were out hiking on...

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Apr 4, 2010 - Mojave N P (Day 4) - Easter At Home

(Ron Writing) We hope all of our readers had a happy Easter. We discovered we are a long way from any churches out here in Mojave NP so, for the first time in many years, we did not make it to a worship service on Easter. Thanks to Pastor Glenn’s recorded messages that our church in California sends to us on CD, we were able to listen to a good Bible lesson right here at home. It was very windy last night but the winds were quite calm most of the day. We took a hike on some nearby trails and enjoyed the weather and the beauty of the rugged...

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Apr 3, 2010 - Mojave N P (Day 3) - Wild Horse Canyon Rd. Drive

(Ron Writing) The weather was very nice again. This afternoon we took a drive on Wild Horse Canyon Road. This 20-mile loop took us through some of the rugged back country on gravel roads. Much of this area had been burned by a wild fire several years ago and the desert plants are struggling to reestablish themselves. It looked pretty barren over about half the area we drove through. The rest of the day we relaxed at home, did a little computer work and just enjoyed the beautiful scenery and weather. We’re glad to have our cell amplifier...

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Apr 2, 2010 - Mojave N P (Day 2) - A Short Hike

(Ron Writing) Here at 4,400’ in the high desert it’s still getting very cold at night. It was 31° when we awoke this morning but at least there wasn’t any snow! We had some strong winds during the night but today it was calm with high thin clouds and temperatures in the mid 60’s. This afternoon we were going to take a long hike on the Barber Peak Loop Trail. The trail head is right in our campground and it runs around Barber Peak just to the west. About a half-hour into our hike the clouds began getting much darker and then we had some loud...

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Apr 1, 2010 - Mojave National Preserve - Hole In The Wall

(Ron Writing) We left Laughlin around noon under clear skies and with only a light breeze. We headed west on NV-163 to the California border and then south on US-95 to Arrowhead Junction. From there we took old Route 66 west through Goffs (population 23) and Fenner where we picked up I-40 west for a few miles to Essex Road north. This took us into Mojave National Preserve. This huge park was created in 1994 but is still one that’s not nearly as well known as most other national parks. It’s the third largest unit of the National Park System...

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Oct 18, 2009 - Our visit to Mojave National Preserve

To visit Mojave National Preserve is a bit of a change - from mountainous terrain to desert but we could appreciate the desert beauty as well. It was an amazing trip which we thoroughly enjoyed. Again the photos are self-explanatory but do not do justice. There are actually two deserts in this area - Mojave and Colorado and they are distinctly different despite both being deserts. We largely traversed the preserve from north to south.

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Retirement Tour 2009

Apr 25, 2009 - Mojave National Preserve

When we left Joshua Tree NP, we decided to stop off in Mojave National Preserve, which was half way to our next destination--Las Vegas. Mojave NP is, not surprisingly, right in the middle of the Mojave desert. Perhaps we are prejudiced by our attraction to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (which is in the Sonoran desert), but it became clear while driving thru the Mojave desert that we preferred the Sonoran desert, with its Organ Pipe and Saguaro cactus. Except for some clusters of Joshua tree cactus, much of the Mojave desert seemed to...

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Apr 22, 2009 - Mojave National Preserve, CA - Hole-in-the-Wall Campground

The trip up from Blythe to Needles used US95 which is a two lane highway. It isn’t too bad but a bunch of dips as it follows the terrain of the desert. Once in Needles, we took I-40 to the Mojave National Preserve. We then climbed 2,000 feet over 20 miles to the campground in the middle of the Preserve. The campsites are nice, just no hookups and no cell service whatsoever. This posting will have to wait until our next campground where I have cell service. The campground got its name from the holes in the walls of the formations surrounding...

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2009 Alaska

Dec 16, 2007 - Just Deserts

Today was the day to make my way back to Las Vegas, but there was plenty to see along the way. I followed a portion of Historic Route 66, past the village of Amboy and the Amboy Crater, before turning north into Mojave National Preserve. I had visited this park on my Retirement Road Trip, but my time had been limited. Today I hiked to the Kelso Dunes and marveled at how different these dunes are than the dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado and White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. I revisited the Kelso Depot, my...

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