For Cindy and I, Memorial Day weekend is when we like to kick off the summer camping season and for 2016, we decided to do it out in the middle of Nevada and up in the Toiyabe Range.
The day after we got home from Moab, our good friends Tony and Stephanie came up to visit and spend some time with Cindy and I. Of course, a visit to our neck of the woods wouldn’t be complete without visiting at least one of the many malls we have in the area and the following are photos from the fun we had at Bronco Canyon.
As much as Cindy and I love Moab, attending the annual Easter Jeep Safari was just becoming way too much work for us and far from being the fun that it used to be. After all, we got into Jeepin to get away from the crowds – not to surround ourselves with them. So, a couple of years ago, we decided that we’d still make regular treks out to Moab but we’d do it off season and when there weren’t so many people out there.
Over the last 10 years, Cindy and I have been leading groups of people who are new to the world of off-roading out on run to help teach them about their Jeep and how to use it out on the trail. For the most part, we’ve been doing this up in the El Paso Mountains near the town of Ridgecrest and out on a trail known as, Last Chance Canyon.
Of course, being that Monday is the start of the work week, we even decided to head out to the office and push ourselves by working a double shift. In other words, we ran two trails instead of just one.
Unfortunately for us, we had to spend the better part of the day behind a computer but as soon as we finished our work, we packed up Rubicat and headed out to a nearby mall and spent some time playing on the speed bumps.
On this particular year, Cindy wanted to head out to the Nightingale Mountains to explore some of the amazing rock formations, petroglyphs, colorful canyons, mine ruins and… other weird stuff you can sometimes find out in the middle of nowhere.
Even though we have covered vast sections of the Mojave over the last 25 years, there were still places we had yet to see and some of them were out in an area known a the Shadow Valley and Turquoise Mountain.
Thanks to a post that M38A1Driver made here not too long ago, I was reminded of an airway beacon out in the Mojave Desert that I had known about for quite some time but wasn’t sure if you could actually get up to it.
As we have done for as long as I can remember, Cindy and I made our way down to the Mojave Desert to kick off the New Year with good friends both old and new and out on the trail. For 2016, we decided to revisit a part of the Mojave that we hadn’t been out to in a few years and it is known as, the Black Mountain Wilderness.
I wouldn’t have guessed it when I got up this morning but as of about noon today, there was no need for us to be dreaming of a white Christmas