After leaving Pahrump we decided to spend the weekend back at Silurian Lake, where we stopped on the way to Death Valley a couple weeks ago. It was much hotter this time, low 90s, but we survived by turning on the generator to run the AC for a couple hours during the hottest part of the afternoon.
We still managed to hike across the dry lake into the Silurian Hills. Distance is deceptive over such a long stretch of nothingness. It was almost 3 miles just to get to the base of the hills.
Are we there yet?
As it was fast approaching 90 by the time we got there, we just walked up and over the back of a small hill where we found lots of flowering creosote bushes and beavertail cactus.
And a few scattered desert lilies, just in time for Easter.
Does anyone know what this plant is? We saw many of them in Death Valley and I forgot to inquire. It looks like a yellow web on top of a small shrub.
Sadly we also came across this graveyard for old appliances. Guess you throw them out here and then shoot at them, as they were all riddled with holes.
Yesterday we headed to the Mojave National Preserve, south of Baker, CA. The roads are in terrible condition so if you come be prepared for a slow drive and keep an eye out for missing chunks of pavement and large potholes. We stopped at the Kelso Depot Visitor Center on Kelbaker Rd to get some information. We planned to go to the Hole-In-The-Wall campground, 26 miles from the visitor center, but 13 of those miles are on a dirt/gravel road. The ranger said it would be better to take the long way around, south to I-40 and then east. Unfortunately the exit is closed for construction so we had to go another 7 miles to the next exit and turn back. So we had a 70 mile drive instead of 26. Maybe we should have taken the shorter route.
The campground is in a lovely setting at 4,400’ so it’s cooler here. And about an hour after we arrived in came our buddy Suzanne, joining us following a weekend at Joshua Tree. After getting set up in a very nice site, she came over bearing a large bottle of Hangar 24 brewery’s Pugachev’s Cobra Barrel Roll No. 3, which was one of Jim’s favorites last year in San Diego. At 13% alcohol it packs a punch, but is so very smooth and flavorful. We had a great time sipping it while catching up with Suzanne and hearing about her trip to Baja.
A beer this special comes with a cork, which didn’t want to come out. Given the price, they should provide someone to remove it!
Although we’re under a wind advisory for the next couple of days we plan to get out and do a little hiking. We may also check out some dispersed campsites, but the campground is quite nice for $6/night with the senior pass. There is plenty of space between sites, along with potable water, dump, trash, and great views. All that and 2 bars of Verizon 4G!
Looks like a quiet place to hang out and avoid the Easter week/spring break crowds.