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Desert sunset behind the Sierras

Handy tips for 4×4 camping in Death Valley

Here is my short list of important tips to help make your trip more of a fun adventure than an unpleasant ordeal. Carry TWO spare tires. Expect to have a ...
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Making Trax Camping on Pinterest

Pin your camping trips and tips

I find Pinterest to be a great tool for collecting and researching good camping tips and information. You can use Pinterest like you would a search engine such as Google, ...
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Top 10 beauty tips for the dry outdoors

Top 10 beauty tips for the dry outdoors

While camping in the arid regions your skin and hair need extra care so you don't feel like a dried out piece of jerky by the time you get back ...
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Old mine steam boiler

Jail Canyon – 4×4 to miner’s cabin and gold mine in Death Valley

Jail Canyon is a worthy day trip as well as a place to camp. An old miner’s cabin lies at the end of the rough route near a ravine with ...
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Star light, star bright

Star light, star bright

Stargazing is a major perk of camping in the back country under the vivid night sky. Void of city light pollution you can see the Milky Way and an array ...
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Winner of Ghost Towns of Death Valley

Winner of Ghost Towns of Death Valley

The winner for our "Ghost Towns of Death Valley" DVD is, drum roll please....... Tammy Gillett! Tammy exclaimed, "I am delighted to win the DVD and I plan to watch ...
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A camper's tale of there and back again

A camper’s tale of there and back again

After 40 years of tent and tailgate camping we decided adding more creature comforts would make the time spent in the backcountry even more enjoyable. Therefore after much research we ...
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Big Sur under the supermoon

Big Sur under the supermoon

The moon was closest to the Earth in 2017 as a “super moon” on December 3rd. We enjoyed its brilliant light at our campsite on the South Coast Ridge of ...
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Rattlesnake savvy

Rattlesnake savvy

It is inevitable while traveling in the California desert, Sierras and Pacific coast range, that you will come across a rattlesnake. I live in rattlesnake country and it is still ...
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Explore the Minnietta cabin's mining history

Explore the Minnietta cabin’s mining history

Death Valley contains many canyons where old mine shafts, cabins, millsites and various ghosts of past mining operations lay silent to be discovered by the exploring traveler. One such place ...
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Squatting hazards

Squatting hazards

Answering the call of nature is an integral part of wilderness camping and requires some heightened awareness of your surroundings. We dig a hole designated for this purpose when we ...
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