|Eastern Mojave Vegetation||Field Notes (Continued)|
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2008 Tour de Swertia albomarginata
Mono Lake, August 2008
|When I first read the field notes of Annie Alexander and Louise Kellogg, I was fascinated by the descriptions they wrote about the places they went and the plants and animals they found there. By publishing my field notes on the Internet I hope to follow a little bit in their tradition.|
Paul Schweich, Alpha Aviation
Paul Schweich, CFI
1980 Desert Studies Field Trip
Day 0If I remember correctly, we were supposed to leave for the eastern Mojave on Saturday, and camp at the Barstow Syncline. However, the weather was bad, and we delayed our departure until very early Sunday morning. Henry was in charge of our van and he is in this photo (the tall person left of center). He must have had us stop at the Kelso Dunes on our way into Lobo Point, as this was one of my first photographs of the trip.
Day 1 -- Barber Mountain
Wild Horse Mesa.
Day 2 -- Wild Horse MesaHike to Wild Horse Mesa.
Our route was from Lobo Point camp west across Wild Horse Canyon, up the north face of the mesa, southwards to a rock shelter, then south and east to descend into Saddle Horse Canyon. After a stop at the Ceremonial Site, then we crossed northeast and up the wash back into camp.
Day 3 -- Mitchell Caverns
Other articles: Hart Mine Road Hart (site)
Day 4 -- Hart and Vontrigger Hills
Other articles: Lanfair Road near Vontrigger Hills and Spring
Day 5 -- Lobo Point
Wild Horse Mesa.
Day 6 -- Going Home
Other articles: Bald Hills Road at unnamed road
Redwood National Park.
Backpacking at Redwood National Park.
Lassen National Park.
1980 Lassen Field TripLooks like this field trip might have been to Lassen National Park.
1981 Desert Studies Field Trip
Other articles: Caruthers Canyon Road in Caruthers Cyn
Rachel with giant sunflower.
Mesquite Spring Campground
1981 Death Valley Field TripOne of my many rainy trips to Death Valley.
I think this was one on Roland Gangloff's trips. The first night was at Rhyolite, where we pitched camp in the oncoming rain, and went into Beatty for dinner. At the time, there was only the Exchange Club, that was casino, restaurant, bar, and Greyhound bus stop. There were packages piled up around the front door that had just come in on the bus. I remember having Thanksgiving dinner here, but not whether it was Wednesday or Thursday night. We took this station wagon through Titus Canyon, ripping a hole in the muffler at one point. Then camped in the rain at Mesquite Spring Campground. That day or the next day we visited Ubehebe Crater and Scotty's Castle. We also had a flat tire and discovered that we only had one of those new little donuts with a 35 mph speed restriction. The garage at Furnace Creek was open on Sunday, but we had to wait quite a while while they struggled to inflate some giant 4WD tires for the person ahead of us. With out tire fixed, we exited through Death Valley Junction and Baker for the drive home.
August 14thRachel learning to ride a 2-wheel bike. Oakland. 8/14/1982.
December 24thChristmas Eve, 1982
December 25thChristmas, 1982
1983 Desert Studies Field Trip
May 30thVisit to Granada Hills.
1984 Desert Studies Field Trip
JulyVisit to Oakland.
Matt Schweich, November 1984
1984 Saline Valley Field Trip
We planned to make one stop in Bakersfield at a grocery store, just because people might need to stock up. This was a good plan because person did not bring any food at all. Let's call him Ron. I think his explanation was that he had asked his roommate to get him some food, but his roommate did not go to the market, or something like that.
Olancha would have been our place to turn off of US Highway 395 in the direction of Saline Valley. As we approached Olancha, it was starting to snow. We had dinner in Olancha, at the Ranch House Cafe. It continued to snow heavily while we ate dinner. We decided we would not try to drive into Saline Valley that night. There were a couple of motels in Olancha, but they were both totally dark, either full or not operating. We could not tell. We drove on to Lone Pine, where we stayed in the Lone Pine hotel. I think the women got the hotel rooms with a bath. Ron and I roomed together with a shower and bath down the hall.
Thursday (Thanksgiving) morning we left for Saline Valley. The road good through Lee Flat, with the snow either melted or packed down. However, as the road got steeper, we started losing control of the van when the snow was about 6 inches deep. Of course, because it was a rental van, we did not have chain. We did not make it to the pass above Grapevine Canyon.
As a group, we thought maybe we could go into Death Valley. So we drove back down to Highway 190. Ron was driving, and a little crazed because he needed credit from the class to ... ... do something ... maybe, graduate. He was going way too fast down Darwin Grade, So I had to tell him to slow down. He didn't take it well, and decided to drive 20 mph; kind of like an ass.
So we went into and across Panamint Valley. It was cloudy but no rain. We drove past the past the Road Closed sign. It was starting to rain at Towne Pass. We started down the grade and it was raining really hard by the time we got to Emigrant Wash. I don't think there was any running water in Emigrant Wash. But then the road turns east across numerous washes. The first a little water, then the next wash a little more water, then a wash lot of water. Looking at the map now, we must have been really close to Stovepipe Wells. But we didn't know that then, and decided to turn back. There was a 5th wheel behind us who could not turn around at that spot. I have no idea what they ultimately did.
Now what to do? Somehow, we decided to get gas and supplies and camp in Panamint Valley. So we drove to Trona. It was breezy, but otherwise sunny and bright. We bought gas and water and then headed back for Panamint Valley.
We found a place to camp in Panamint Valley on Indian Ranch Road near Warm Sulphur Spring. This is where we spent Thursday night.
Friday morning, it was still cloudy, especially to the north and east. So, we decided to stay here. I don't remember the process, but it seems that we made the decision as a group. Ron was desperate to go into Saline Valley, I think because he needed class credits. We had a discussion about keeping a journal and turning it in to get credit.
We Walked up Surprise Canyon fan and saw there was a road from the south end of the fan. Then past Chris Wicht Camp, we hiked a mile or so up the canyon, past the narrow place where the road was washed out.
Saturday, decided to try Death Valley. We packed up and got in the van. I'm not sure how we got there, because it was afternoon when we arrived at Stovepipe Wells. Perhaps we went up Wildrose Canyon to the charcoal ovens. Regardless, there were a lot of vacant campsites in the campground at Stovepipe Wells. The two black women and I decided we would go to the restaurant for dinner. I wish I could remember their names. They were both delightful company. One of them had just picked up the phrase "no problem." She was a City of Oakland social worker. But I learned it from her, and from then on, pretty much everything was no problem.
An old guy was playing pedal steel guitar and singing really old time western songs, with two young guys for backup. He took quite an interest in us, as I expect we might have been an interesting sight. We talked about our trip, failure to get into Saline Valley, and what we did instead. His pedal steel playing and singing was really good, and he made repeated snide comments about his backups having no clue.
A couple of us had the idea to sleep out in the sand dunes. It must be a popular thing for people to try, because there was a ranger waiting for us, who sent us back into the campground.
Sunday morning, we went back to the restaurant for breakfast. After packing up, we drove home. I assume we went out of the south end of the valley, through Baker to Bakersfield and then up the San Joaquin Valley.
As we neared Oakland, several passengers were asking to be dropped off at their house on the way into town. But we didn't do that. We went to my house first. Then we cleaned the van. People who left their car at my house were able to go home. Then I drove around Oakland taking people home. That way, I didn't get stuck cleaning out a dirty van on Monday morning.
Bob and Vera Shaw
Paul and Bob.
“Vera & Bob Shaw when they visited us in January, 1985. Bob is 75 and Vera is 77 years of age” – Lydia Schweich|
“Paul & Bob Shaw. I read a book on photography which said it is better in a photo to have people doing something, rather than having them lined up as a firing squad. So that is why these are looking at the book. Granada Hills, CA. January, 1985.” &ndash Lydia Schweich
“Ivan, Lois and Henry Keene, and Paul standing, and Olga sitting on the rocks, near Reuben's Restaurant, on Harbor Island, San Diego. Coronado Bridge in the background. February 1985” – Lydia Schweich
Other articles: Lobo Point Road in the Valley of Lobo Point
1985 Desert Studies Field Trip
Other articles: Lobo Point Road in the Valley of Lobo Point
1986 Desert Studies Field Trip
Rachel Run Rainbow Sun
1987 Desert Studies Field Trip
Other articles: New York Mountain Road. at Golden Quail Mine
Golden Quail Claims.
Other articles: Cedar Canyon Road Government Holes
Field trip to the eastern Mojave with my dad.
1988 Desert Studies Field Trip
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