Campsite at Owl Canyon campground - just outside of Barstow
We drove down on Friday night and pulled into the nearly deserted campground around 10 pm.
Owl Canyon Campground, Rainbow Basin
After our morning coffee we climbed up on a small ridge overlooking the campground to pick up a geocache.
Shadows on the ridge
Owl Canyon Campground
Rainbow Basin Loop
There is a short scenic loop dirt road through Rainbow Basin, so we drove through and enjoyed the views.
Rainbow Basin scenic loop
View from the car through the 'narrows' of the drive.
We did this a few years ago and I remember the road being rouger. It was smooth and graded this time, easily passable in a passenger car.
Calico Ghost Town
A commercialized ghost town just outside of Barstow, was originally built around a silver mine.
The mine was called the Maggie Mine, obviously named after my sister.
Maggie Mining Co
Maggie Shaft No 1.
A blurry shot of the song that inspired the mine's name. The big photo is mostly readable..
Mine shafts in the hillside
There are still plenty of private mines in the area.
Looking down on Calico
This place has shootout reenactments and a Mystery Spot, people. Awesome.
Calico Ghost Town
This is one of the few buildings that really looked original and untouched, but it wasn't open. Everything else was pretty much rebuilt and turned into a shop.
Miner's cabin on the hillside.
Glass Bottle house.
Main Street, Calico
Our campsite at Mid-Hills campground.
We camped here with the southern california 4x4 geocachers
Burnt pines at the campground.
Last summer a fire came through the area, burning most of the vegetation. It is an eerie place now, but still made for a great campsite.
it is an enormous volcanic dome, almost unnoticeable due to its smooth shape and gentle slope.
Mojave is filled with 'em.
Typical 'nice' desert road - dirt but well-graded.
Fence posts in the desert.
The distant Kelso Dunes
We've tried to hike these things several times, but the wind is usually terrible.
Using a waypoint I found in a book in Calico, we drove up Aiken Mine road and found the lava tube. There were some skylights in the tube.
In the backcountry lava tube cave
David at the lava tube entrance.
The rickety ladder used to get into the cave.
Cave mouth from the surface.
Yucca and lava
Lava Field and cinder cone
Mojave Phone Booth
The site of the Mojave Phone Booth, gone but not forgotten.For the story of the phone booth, go to http://deuceofclubs.com/moj/
Can you hear me now?
Good for him.
Someone must have been upset that the booth was taken away and tried to chop down the pole.
Joshua Tree Forest
The phone booth sat in the largest Joshua Tree forest on earth, along the flanks of Cima Dome.