Robbie finally came to visit so I took my old side kick out to Death Valley. We started out early Saturday morning from Ridgecrest. As you can see… it actually rained overnight and the morning fog burning off created an amazing picture against the Sierras.
Turning East to Death Valley.
The beginning of Saline Valley Road.
Adding gas for the long drive.
Saline Valley Road slowly climbs up to South Pass. Lots of Joshua trees.
At the top of South Pass. This is Mill Canyon below.
Eventually we turned up Lippincotte Road. This is an old mining road. The pictures really don’t convey how steep and rough this road was.
Near the top. If you closely you can see the road below.
Eventually we made it Racetrack valley and out hike of the day.
This is the racetrack below.
We found some old copper mines to explore.
This is Saline Valley.
For dinner we headed to Nevada and a local bar.
Robbie gave it thumbs up.
They had this out door stove which I enjoyed.
Breakfast the next morning at the Diner with the locals.
Next it was time to gas up with some of that cheap Nevada petrol.
Around 9am we set off for our hike up Thimble Peak. We started from Red Pass off Titus Canyon Road.
Even from the trailhead things were beautiful.
Getting higher. The car got smaller and smaller. You can barely see it now…
Robbie forging ahead.
Here I am in front of Thimble Peak (distance).
Close up view of it.
Robbie heading up the steep part. This is about as steep as I like to get without a rope.
Me heading up
This was the drop off to the North slide. Yikes….
Robbie looking down the South slope.
At the top… breathtaking.
On the way home there two notable events:
One: The drive through Tutus Canyon.
Two: Getting caught in my first sandstorm.
The experience was just surreal. Oppressive yet beautiful at the same time. What a weekend.