|Fellow camper in the Alabama Hills|
|Looking back towards Lone Pine and the Owens valley|
It took a long time to decide where to head next, but south was the only given. We continued down to join highway 58 at the Kramer Jct. I always hated the section of road from there to Barstow as the road was largely two lane, very rough, and busy with trucks all trying to make a mile. But now, most of the road has been upgraded, 4-laned, and even fairly smooth with some concrete sections. More decisions to make in Barstow after another fill up. We needed some propane as well, and soon found Silver Valley Propane near the new Walmart. Only problem with Silver Valley Propane, is that they don't fill propane bottles!
After back tracking to U-haul we got one filled, but they wouldn't fill the second one as it has expired! Most places south of the line don't even check, o well. Back on the road we headed eastward for an hour on I-15 towards Vegas. As usual, we exited at Baker and entered the Mojave National Preserve. The spot I was aiming for was occupied, but it was late in the day, so we just parked nearby and went in search of a more private spot in the morning. After looking at a couple of previously used spots, we chose a quiet spot a mile away.
Like many areas of the south west, it's previous uses seeemed to include garbage dump, party spot or shooting gallery. I easily managed to fill a pail with broken glass that was everywhere. I took it to the transfer station just outside Baker, and also asked about recycling. Got a pretty much blank look from the attendant there who told me I was welcome to drop off my recycling there - but it would just go into the trash! Thanks for that, very helpful. Being a bit of a rebel, I called the 1-800 number on the bottom of the big sign, but the number was 'not available from that area'! I guess I could give Brad a call? I always thought that California was a leader in environmental initiatives (letting me know that almost everything I touch is known in Californa to cause cancer), but from the amount of trash I see blowing around, and the fact that not one driver seems to turn off their engine when stuck in an extended line-up during construction, I'm not so sure?
We had a nice little thunderstorm the next night, resulting in many of the small washes running full, but it was all at night, so didn't get to see much of the action, just the aftermath.
|9 Mile cove|
Hailey made friends with this cute little tarantula, but I hope she wasn't responsible for him (or her!) being a 7 legged arachnid!
|Not too crowded here, just to my liking!|