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Now that I live in LA and do not have to gaze longingly at Mike's posts from afar... can I come with you guys out to the desert some weekend??

Yes I do find like a nagging child...



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sure dkatz, do you ride? (motorcycles that is) or would it be a trip on foot? most are on our bikes......
I am sure we can work something out...
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Well... I've ridden a) a dirtbike for a day in western Brazil about 5 years ago, b) a glorified scooter/motorbike for a couple days in Cambodia and Laos about 3 years ago and c) a Royal Enfield for a couple days in southern India about 6 months ago. And I don't have a motorcycle license. Read: I'm probably a liability, but it all depends on how much riding, how hard the riding is, and how willing you guys are to deal with me slowing you down!
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[QUOTE=dkatz]Well... I've ridden a) a dirtbike for a day in western Brazil about 5 years ago, b) a glorified scooter/motorbike for a couple days in Cambodia and Laos about 3 years ago and c) a Royal Enfield for a couple days in southern India about 6 months ago. And I don't have a motorcycle license. Read: I'm probably a liability, but it all depends on how much riding, how hard the riding is, and how willing you guys are to deal with me slowing you down!

sounds fine, we will start brainstorming when and where!!! c
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Trip with Russ, me and Bandit in Death Valley





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More Photos from last years Death Valley Hike, it was quite an undertaking. Russ and I and my dog tried the trip in 2010 and failed, my dog burned his foot pads and almost died from the heat, and we could not even get our motorcycles up the washed out road. So this trip we rented a jeep and took Bandit on our expedition.
 It is for sure the most remote ghost town in the west, and one of the most coveted places to hike into. It is so remote that if anything happens it is a 14 hour hike and 6 hour drive just to get to a lonely gas station......but we had to make the trip. it is the home to the Mitchells's rattle snake, which we ran into, or rather Cory ran into.........

But we made it in, which was a miracle. It was a whole days drive there, thru a deserted, beautiful valley, chased by flash floods.
Then making up the washed out road in the jeep was enough to make you crap your pants. all that just to get to the trail head. it hit 120, and black flies hit, thousands.....since we were probably the only living souls in the valley. just before the sun set, the sky lit up like fire, it was freakin awesome. below is the first mountain we had to climb, then there were at least 6 more of those with valleys to cross..........

halfway up the first mountain is me, dad and Cory shown below




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The Hike in was horrendous, the trail was blown out in many places with sheer drops, i fell and had to throw my pack to Cory just to crawl up to the trail. there was no shade, it was unbearably hot, not only was the air temp close to 120, but as the afternoon set in the rocks radiated heat. I have an enormous appreciation for the silver miners that had to take that trail in and out with their donkeys and nothing but leather shoes on their feet.

Photo by Cory P
On the last leg of the trip we lost the trail, so we ended up dirt skiing down a mountain....when we were halfway down and we able to locate the trail again,  dad mentioned, oh yea this is where my friend had been bitten by a rattler.......holy cow, so we (Cory and i) made it down the mountain very cautiously (as dad rolled his eyes at us). and then we heard it, the rattle coming from a bush Cory was standing next to ....I wont bother you with the snake drama that ensued but we were able to safely move past it and finally just as we ran out of water and before the sun set we reached the most beautiful and remote ghost town we have ever been to.

We were in Mountain lion, rattle snake, and lethal scorpion country...and no people for 20 hours. i can admit it was a little freaky, if anything happened, we were in deep sh*t. luckily Cory was smart enough to bring an emergency button that would summons a helicopter in to us if we ran into any life or death situations. but even a helicopter would have taken hours to get to us. we gave ourselves one day to look around and then hike all the hell the way out. We saw scorpions, and huge crawleys in some mines on the way out. the worst part was we didn't pack enough water on the way out. and at 119 that's a killer. I ended up barely making it out....i just remember following the back of somebody's shoes, although at the time i had no freakin idea who they were, i was prob stage one heat stroke. We made it back to the car and I just remember these 2 dudes talking in the front seat and then one said, hey is she still breathing back there? the other said yup.




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wow...
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^what DKatz said...
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Thanks dkatz and cash! we are glad to have gone but glad to be back too. I have another exploration coming up that I will post on.
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