Next Saturday, 16 February, marks the opening a major new museum in Los Angeles, the BCAM. If you are within the range of this short screed, I'd like to invite you to join us in LA for a commemorative hellride to celebrate. The destination is the open desert.
If you are going to be in Los Angeles between 16 and 18 February (next Saturday-Monday) and would like to voyage out, please respond to this e-mail in kind, and we will work out the details. We may just go out for the day, or stay overnight. There are very cheap motels ($35-40 a night) available in Twentynine Palms. If you would like to drive, that would be appreciated.
The primary destination is Wonder Valley, specifically the Sheephole Pass, about 15 miles east of Twentynine Palms (about 170 miles each way.) The possible destinations from west to east include:
The Casino Morongo, everybody's favorite Indian resort.
The (now Christian-owned) Dinosaurs.
The Noah Purifoy Foundation.
The High Desert Test Sites.
Joshua Tree National Park.
The major training center for Iraq-bound Marines at Twentynine Palms.
The Twentynine Palms Inn.
The Palms Restaurant.
The Plexiglas House.
Beyond that, between Wonder Valley and the Nevada border (and Las Vegas) are Amboy Crater, the Kelso Dunes , and famous Mitchell Caverns in the East Mojave. I am happy to guide people into the deep desert, but be prepared to camp in cold conditions. Predicted temperatures for Twentynine Palms are 65 day/40 night F (about 18/4 C). The East Mojave will be a few degrees colder. It should be perfectly clear and slightly windy, with a half-moon (not enough for night hiking.)
I hope you can join us!
08 February 2008