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wayoflife
04-30-2012, 07:01 PM
Over the weekend, we got a chance to hook up with some really old friends of ours, Matt and Heather (aka doojer & doojette) and do some camping out in the desert or, what some like to call, "overlanding" :D Being that this was the first time they've had a chance to go wheeling in a couple of years, we decided to run a portion of the Old Mojave Road starting from Afton Canyon and then work our way over to the Kelso Sand Dunes where we intended to setup camp. As luck would have it, a lot of the old camping area had been fenced off with signs specifically stating NO camping was allowed and so, we headed up into the Providence Mountains and found a much nicer home for the night. Anyway, here are some pics from our weekend trip and reunion with old friends. I hope you enjoy.

Doug, Moochie, Cindy and I meeting up with our old friends Matt and Heather at Bravo Burger...
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Airing down before heading up into Afton Canyon...
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Shot of us on the other side of Afton Canyon after we jammed through it...
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Crusing through the dunes on the western edge of the Bristol Dry Lake...
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Stopping over at the Travelers Monument to see what happend there in 1897...
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Looking east down the Old Mojave Road...
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Back on pavement, we decided to make a stop over at the beautifully restored Kelso Train Station...
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Shot of our JK's from an upstairs room...
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Checking out the old Post Office across the street...
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Having some lunch before heading out...
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Unfortunately, our plans to camp at the Kelso Sand Dunes was a bust. Over the last year, the Preserve decided to fence off and restrict a lot of the area that had been designated for camping. So, we decided to make our way up into the Providence Mountains to look for a new camp site near the Vulcan Mine...
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Not nearly as much water down in the old Kaiser Steel iron mine as we've seen in the past...
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First time we've seen the beautiful Scented Penstemon's in this area...
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Some sunset shots Cindy and Matt took...
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Cool fish eye shot of the Moon and landscape beyond that Matt took...
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Cooking up some steak for dinner...
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Warming up by a lovely fire...
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HONEY TIME - CHEERS!!
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Having some fun with Doug's lazer...
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Looking out across our campsite at dawn...
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Lots of Engelmann Hedgehog Catus was in bloom in the area...
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Goodmorning!! View from the inside of Matt & Heather's tent...
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Heather cooking up some grub...
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Tessa had been playing really hard the day before and decided to just chill in the warm sun...
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Stopping to say hello to the local inhabitants as we made our way back to the highway...
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A sad reminder of a place that we've always enjoyed...
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Time to air up...
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Matt and Heather having some fun while waiting for air to be available...
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Gasing up in Ludlow before heading on home was a pain thanks to a swarm of Harley's coming back from a big event in Laughlin...
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If you'd like to see all the pics from our trip, simply click on the link below:

Vulcan Mine Camping Trip (http://project-jk.com/wpg2?g2_itemId=277318)

A BIG thanks needs to go out to Matt for allowing us to use his awesome fish eye lens pics. :thumb:

07rub
04-30-2012, 07:05 PM
wow that's awesome, i wish i add any place like that around here to go too

MTG
04-30-2012, 07:30 PM
Sweet! Looks like a fun little weekend trip. Being able to do these types of little adventures are part of the reason we decided to get a Jeep.

2012jkfng702
04-30-2012, 07:33 PM
Agreed, Lucky you, we get such a slim window to camp out in Vegas, Either way to hot or way to cold...

Blonda
04-30-2012, 07:34 PM
Sunset and moon/star shots are awesome:thumb:

piginajeep
04-30-2012, 07:43 PM
I'm bummed I missed this.. :(


Good pics!

DMFNJ24601
04-30-2012, 07:54 PM
Very sad to see Mitchel Caverns closed. Such a great place. Got fond memories of going there with my mom & dad on one of the billion camping trips we did when I was a kid.

Awesome pics, thanks for sharing.

Rascal Rubi
04-30-2012, 08:16 PM
We picked up a rock on the Mojave Trail but never finished the trail to add to that monument! Looks like you all had a nice time. ;) Thanks so much for sharing the pictures, they are awesome! I want to get some camping in before it gets to hot to enjoy it!! Hint Hint Don!! :standing wave::standing wave::standing wave:

Hammerman
04-30-2012, 10:10 PM
After all the events it looks like a good break from hard wheeling. my kind of cool down camping trip.

Mechengineer2
04-30-2012, 11:40 PM
Great photos! Love the sunset shots as well as the black and white shot in the middle of the road toward the end. The fish eye lens does add a nice touch. :thumb:

Drumr90
05-01-2012, 12:00 AM
Nice pics and seems like a nice trip. Also i might add my two sences in. Rubicat looks 1 million times better with a soft top.

JKRay
05-01-2012, 12:48 AM
Awesome pics, the Fish eye pics looks amazing! The trail looked fun too, defenintly one I have always been wanting to take. :thumb:

asbury1031
05-01-2012, 02:12 AM
Id love to go camping like that, it looks like so much fun and just to do some simple wheeling during it would be awesome. And i love the new JK it looks awesome. Nice to see it getting built up.

wayoflife
05-01-2012, 03:34 AM
Sweet! Looks like a fun little weekend trip. Being able to do these types of little adventures are part of the reason we decided to get a Jeep.

excuse me, it's called overlanding :rolleyes2:;):D


Agreed, Lucky you, we get such a slim window to camp out in Vegas, Either way to hot or way to cold...

yeah, it's just about time to say good bye to the desert and start heading back up to the mountains again.


I'm bummed I missed this.. :(


Good pics!

yeah, we missed you guys too. i got your message late but, it's a good thing i didn't give you coordinates as if you did come out late, we wouldn't have been there.

wayoflife
05-01-2012, 03:37 AM
Very sad to see Mitchel Caverns closed. Such a great place. Got fond memories of going there with my mom & dad on one of the billion camping trips we did when I was a kid.

Awesome pics, thanks for sharing.

it really is sad and i too have fond memories of it since i was a kid. word has it that there are plans underway to get it to open again. hopefully it works out.


We picked up a rock on the Mojave Trail but never finished the trail to add to that monument! Looks like you all had a nice time. ;) Thanks so much for sharing the pictures, they are awesome! I want to get some camping in before it gets to hot to enjoy it!! Hint Hint Don!! :standing wave::standing wave::standing wave:

just saw some of your pics from big bear - looks like you all had a great time. :cool:


After all the events it looks like a good break from hard wheeling. my kind of cool down camping trip.

and believe me, we really needed the cool down.


Great photos! Love the sunset shots as well as the black and white shot in the middle of the road toward the end. The fish eye lens does add a nice touch. :thumb:

yeah, i think we need ourselves one now :crazyeyes:


Nice pics and seems like a nice trip. Also i might add my two sences in. Rubicat looks 1 million times better with a soft top.

LOL!! well, if it were up to us, we wouldn't have even bought the hard top but, that's how rubicat came and so, we took it.

Maxydouda
05-01-2012, 11:41 PM
Looking at those superb pictures after a crappy day of meetings, makes it all worth while ! ; )

rizzicon
05-02-2012, 04:04 PM
Great pic's. Looks like fun was had.

MTG
05-02-2012, 04:20 PM
excuse me, it's called overlanding :rolleyes2:;):D



LOL! But you didn't have a roof rack and/or a snorkel. :thinking:

wayoflife
05-02-2012, 04:23 PM
LOL! But you didn't have a roof rack and/or a snorkel. :thinking:

:doh: i knew i forgot something

Mücke76
05-02-2012, 04:32 PM
awesome pics !!:clap2:
very cool trip :thumb:

Alex :standing wave:

Hightower
05-09-2012, 04:32 PM
excuse me, it's called overlanding :rolleyes2:;):D

LOL............................:thumb: