Exploring the White Mountains

The White Mountains live in the Eastern shadow of their taller, but younger sibling, the famous Sierra Nevada. While millions of visitors flock to parks such as Yosemite and Sequoia and Kings Canyon every year, only a handful outside-the-box thinkers venture into the Whites, and their journey is greatly rewarded. Unparalleled night skies, breathtaking views…

Lamont Peak and the South Fork Valley

What a weekend. Nearly getting shot. Falling into quick mud. Nearly getting the Jeep stuck in the sand. A steep climb up a 7,500-foot peak. And a roadrunner sighting to boot. Kern River Plateau: Lake Isabella, South Fork Wildlife Area, and Audobon Kern River Preserve We headed for the Kern River Plateau in the Southern…

Black Sheeps and Green Jeeps

Waking up at 4am is never pleasant, but for a chance to explore the Sierra Nevada it’s always worth it. Planning an Xterra outing for the following weekend, Dave wanted to do a pre-run to ensure there would be no unforeseen complications along the way. We intended to do the two day trip (approximately 60…

Racetrack Valley: Death Valley National Park

Racetrack Playa The road to the Racetrack is bumpy and should only be traversed in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Jeeps can be rented at nearby by. Stop along the way to admire the ornate teakettles hanging from the signpost indicating Teakettle Junction. The Racetrack is the bed of an ancient lake, a playa. From the smooth sand colored…

Telescope Peak: Death Valley National Park

Jeep 101: Always Carry 2 of Everything Refusing to be anywhere near “civilization” on Black Friday, we decided to head out to the desert over Thanksgiving weekend. As many others, the trip started with a prompt departure after the end of the workday. Death Valley is normally about a 7.5 hour drive from the Bay…

Life on the Savanna

We spent the day after our return from Kili lazing around the compound. We actually mustered enough courage to walk past the guarded gate and take a stroll against the recommendations of the staff. You would have thought that everyone we ran into while walking down the unpaved road wouldn’t have been as pleasant and friendly as…