Morning light from our campsite in Mojave
Thor hanging out in his truck!
One of my favorite views: a dirt road through the desert.
Our first stop of the day was an area on the South side of the Granite Mountains called the Sheep Corral
It's a very cool sunken series of washes and rock piles.
Kind of like Joshua Tree inverted
Walking through the Sheep Corral
Sheep Corral, Mojave National Preserve
Wide wash in the Sheep Corral, Mojave National Preserve
The wide washes narrow to scrambly dry falls. Thor couldn't get up them so we turned back.
But we explored different forks
One o the many 'dead end' dry falls.
Once we climbed out of the sheep corral I looked back on this great view. What a maze!
Looking down on the Sheep Corral wide wash
Next we headed East around the south end of the Providence Mountains to explore some old mining sites.
Mining ruins at the base of Hidden Hill
Hidden Hill Mining Ruins
The hopper was still standing
Diggings on the side of Hidden Hill
Old logs shore up the side of this pit. Not going in there!
An odd structure.
Looking back on the truck parked below the old mining area
Happy (and tired) Thor after running all over the mining hills.
The windmill at the site was still working and pumping water into a tank.
The water tank, we could hear water pumping from the mill into the tank.
Next we continued North around the East side of the Providence Mountains to the Bighorn Mine.
Fireplace at the restored cabin at Bighorn Mine
External chimney at Bighorn Mine
Front of the restored cabin at Bighorn Mine
View from my new front porch!
Home sweet home
Bighorn Cabin and old truck
Picking around the area we found signs of previous tenants.
Next we drove up to the old Vulcan Mine area and found this great campsite.
View of Kelso Dunes from our campsite at Vulcan Mine
Wider view of camp at the Vulcan Mine
With some daylight left, I decided to walk around the old pit.
Deep pits where they mined iron ore to supply the steel mills
Let me in!
Small amount of water at the base of the pit
While a fence keeps you out, you can still walk around the pit.