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  1. Very nice! Looks like a great time. I really wished I had the chance to visit Anza Borrego before I leave. I guess it gives me a reason to come back to Southern CA.
  2. Awesome job! That is so great to pass the responsibilities of our hobby on to the next generation so they can enjoy the hobby!
  3. Great pics everyone! Looking at the weather Saturday night, I'm a little bit glad we bugged out!
  4. I think we should all chip in and buy George a pair of pants for the next trip!
  5. Due to the slippery, snotty condition of the mud at the monument, we ended up back-tracking and going through Baker.
  6. Anyone who has a dog named Bear is cool in my book. Great to have met you and your father!
  7. All credit goes to my wife, Kristy. Please forgive the panoramic shots... Getting ready to roll. Crossing the "Mighty" Mojave! Afton Canyon "Snow" on the lake! At the Travellers' Monument A couple from inside the lava tubes
  8. I'm thinking the end of April (but I'm not sure and will have to see what's going on). If I do, you're more that welcome to stay a night here... I swear it's safer than Barstow!
  9. Hey, crap happens, especially when you're off-road! It's a shame it happened but nobody got hurt!
  10. We ended up deciding to bug out yesterday afternoon. Kristy was not feeling motivated after the lack of sleep due to the wind Friday (After further inspection, the tent fabric had holes in it from where the wind forced sand through it!) and wasn't ready for another night of possibly the same. being as how we only live an hour and a half from the Mojave Preserve, we thought we'd hit the eastern half of the trail when the weather is better (and we have a new tent). We both really enjoyed meeting you! Sorry you had to head home too.
  11. Made it home. Sorry that I didn't have a chance to say good bye to everyone either. Thanks for a great time, even with the wind last night!
  12. Question: do my wife and I EACH need a waiver form, or can we both be on the same form? It's not an issue in any way either way you wish. Thanks, Matthew
  13. That is a gorgeous F150! I may be there not long after you. Apparently your tax dollars are hard at work and I will be getting a 4 day weekend by the looks of it!
  14. Gentleman, as the "Local," let me help out here. Baker is 25 miles northeast of Afton Canyon road on I15, it's got a slew of gas stations, all running about $3.75 a gallon. There is another gas station on Rasor rd, about 12 miles NE of Afton Canyon rd. and I wouldn't want to know the fuel price there, but it is a Shell. Your other closest spot on I15 is Ghosttown road in Yermo (or, if you're coming in on I40, take the Daggett exit and head north, it turns into Ghosttown road when it hits I15), 47 miles Southwest (Barstow is another 7 miles, with plenty of fuel stops). Unless you're being brand specific, I recommend the AM PM (debit or cash for those not in the know), as it is competetively priced, the 76 and Chevron north of the I15 freeway charge about $.35 to $0.40 over the local average. If you're planning on cutting across the preserve, Needles is about 150 miles away using Kelbaker Road, and you'll go through Baker on the way in most likely anyway. Other than that, the only other reliable fuel I remember on the I40 is the Ludlow exit, at the southwest corner of the preserve, 55 miles from Afton Canyon Rd (using I40 W to Newberry road to Harvard road to I15 N) and it's also on the pricy side as I remember. I hope that helps for those of you curious about the fuel availability.
  15. We'd be glad to share a campsite. Probably about the same time for us, maybe a litle earlier if I get Friday off.
  16. Crazy question... What is everyone going to be driving, so I know who to park by at Afton Canyon? here's me:
  17. The Shell on Ghosttown road in Yermo (Barstow) is quite overpriced (about 40 cents over the average local price) so you might want to think of getting gas earlier and just topping off there. There is a new Love's truck stop in Tehachapi (Summit/E. tehachapi Blvd) and I want to say it's a Shell (at a great price) but I'm not sure, can someone verify?
  18. Things are looking better scheduling-wise. It looks like that's going to be a 4 day weekend for me.
  19. Heh! MY wife apparently keeps getting flirted with by teenage boys and young men since we got the Libby lifted! You have to think... If he drives a 7 series Bimmer, he obviously hates the environment and that Prius!
  20. Very nice! I've found the same thing a time or two living out in the Mojave!
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