Archive for May, 2016

h1

Death Valley NP, Manzanar NHS, LA Bike Ride and Devil’s Punchbowl CA

May 1, 2016

April 14 – drove from Las Vegas to Beatty NV and then west on Rt 374 to the “Ghost Town” of Rhyolite

DSCN5104W

DSCN5122W

Gold was discovered in 1904 and by 1908 the populations was estimated at 8,000

DSCN5112W

Cook Bank Building – erected in 1908 at a cost of $90,000; it had electric lights, steam heating and marble floors

DSCN5113W

Tom Kelley Bottle House

DSCN5108W

Cabooses were required on every freight train until the 1980s

DSCN5111W

Did I say that this is a Ghost Town?

DSCN5114W

DSCN5117W

DSCN5118W

DSCN5120W

DSCN5121W

We then took the Titus Canyon Road into CA and Death Valley

DSCN5129W

We were lucky to find that the eastern slope of the Grapevine Mountains were still covered with wild flowers

DSCN5126W

DSCN5127W

DSCN5124W

91% of Death Valley is designated Wilderness

DSCN5132W

DSCN5133W

One lane, one-way, 27 mile long, gravel/dirt road requiring high clearance and perhaps 4WD vehicle

DSCN5135W

DSCN5137W

Red Pass (5,250 ft)

DSCN5142W

Leadfield, another “Ghost Town” – “Many of the mines are open but enter at your own risk.  Loose rocks, rotten timbers, unexpected vertical shafts, and animals seeking shelter are potential hazards.”

DSCN5145W

DSCN5147W

Entering Titus Canyon

DSCN5150W

DSCN5151W

DSCN5154W

DSCN5155W

Canyon exit to Death Valley, 3 hours to cover 27 miles

DSCN5158W

DSCN5157W

Heading down to Badwater, lowest point in North America

DSCN5159W

Harmony Borax Works

DSCN5160W

DSCN5161W

Famous 20 Mule Team wagons for hauling borax

DSCN5165W

DSCN5163W

DSCN5164W

Furnace Creek Visitor Center

DSCN5168W

DSCN5166W

Badwater

DSCN5170W

DSCN5169W

DSCN5173W

DSCN5172W

Start of Golden Canyon Trail Hike

DSCN5176W

DSCN5177W

DSCN5178W

One mile to Red Cathedral Trail

DSCN5180W

DSCN5181W

The Red Cathedral spur trail was one mile round-trip – “hikers will have to squeeze between and crawl over or under large boulders in order to reach the base of the vertically fluted walls beneath the famous amphitheater.”

DSCN5184W

DSCN5187W

Exiting a slot canyon, in all we hiked about 3 miles

DSCN5189W

Arrived at the Mesquite Flat Dunes at sunset for some good pictures then checked into our room in Stovepipe Wells

DSCN5196W

DSCN5190W

DSCN5193W

April 15 – Woke early to do the Mosaic Canyon hike before it got too hot.  Room was covered in sand/dust.  A strong wind was blowing in around the tiny openings between the door and its frame.  Hiking up Mosaic Canyon wash

DSCN5197W

DSCN5199W

Why they call it Mosaic Canyon – this is called Mosaic Canyon Breccia

DSCN5223W

First set of narrows

DSCN5200W

Dolomite marble

DSCN5201W

Beautiful hike

DSCN5202W

Boulder jam

DSCN5204W

Climbing up to second set of uniquely carved narrows

DSCN5206W

Climbing up to third set of narrows – slippery marble

DSCN5207W

DSCN5208W

Getting a little help starting the 25 ft dryfall two miles in

DSCN5213W

Returning to car

DSCN5214W

DSCN5218W

Leaving Death Valley National Park

DSCN5230W

Death Valley from the Inyo Mountains (west)

DSCN5224W

The Padre of the Desert

DSCN5226W

DSCN5227W

Sand storm

DSCN5234W

Manzanar National Historic Site

DSCN5251W

World War II Japanese internment camp

DSCN5237W

In 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Executive Order to remove “any or all persons” (of Japanese Ancestry), over 70,000 U.S. citizens, from the West Coast

DSCN5239W

Over 10,000 Japanese Americans and immigrants were put into this camp

DSCN5241W

DSCN5242W

DSCN5243W

Located on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains

DSCN5244W

Cemetery Monument – “In the 1980s, a congressionally authorized commission concluded “race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership” led to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.  It recommended a presidential apology and individual payments of $20,000.”

DSCN5249W

Lone Pine CA McDonald’s with view of Mt Whitney!

DSCN5255W

Mt Whitney (14,496 ft) is the highpoint of CA and the 48 contiguous states.  I climbed it in one day in 1967 with my friend Jay and in three days with Peter and Chad in 1999.

DSCN5253W

April 16 – Spent the weekend with Kate

dscn5256b

Movie from roof of Griffith Park Observatory

Huntington Beach – Dog friendly part

dscn5267b

Breakfast at Millie’s

dscn5259b

Kate preparing for Morocco trip

dscn5260b

April 18 – Palos Verdes CA, hiked from Del Cerro Park down Portuguese Canyon to the Pacific Ocean with Peter and Heather

DSCN5270W

DSCN5275W

DSCN5277W

Watch your step – slippery, and don’t step on the wildlife!

DSCN5278W

DSCN5276W

DSCN5280W

We then hiked the beach at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park to check out the tidal zone at low tide

DSCN5287W

DSCN5283W

DSCN5289W

DSCN5286W

April 19 – Peter’s birthday, two mile walk to Redondo Beach Pier

DSCN5301.1W

Plastic bags to cover tar on feet from walking beach

DSCN5297W

Perfect temperature

DSCN5301.2W

DSCN5301W

April 20 – 34 mile bike ride from Redondo Beach to Venice Beach CA

DSCN5304W

DSCN5305W

Returning to Redondo Beach

DSCN5311W

Riding past LAX

DSCN5310W

Helen, Melissa, Tony, Peter, Megan, Heather, Bailey

DSCN5314W

April 22 – Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area is about two hours from Los Angeles.  It may or may not now be part of the new San Gabriel Mountains National Monument – it is located within the Angeles National Forest

DSCN5327W

Good view from near the start of the loop trail

DSCN5333W

We hiked the Pinion Pathway Nature Trail and then the Devil’s Punch bowl loop trail – about 1.5 miles

DSCN5332W

DSCN5338W

The Punchbowl was formed by the crush between the San Andreas Fault and the related Punchbowl Fault

DSCN5337W

Nice hike through sandstone formations

DSCN5340W

DSCN5339W

Couple at bottom of rock face near center of photo – about 300 ft below

DSCN5344W

50 mph wind gusts

DSCN5342W

Delicate beauty near end of trail

DSCN5345W

It took four hours to get to Las Vegas – got slowed down by another sand storm.  Walked the strip between the Mandalay and the Bellagio (about 4 miles).  Unfortunately, the fountain show at the Bellagio was canceled because of strong wind.  Lost $1 at a penny slot machine.  Boarded the 12:30am “red-eye” to Chicago, then flew to Washington DC and on to Dayton – 16 hours of travel time!  We flew over our house twice, that’s what we get for using frequent flyer miles.

DSCN5346W

DSCN5347W