Saturday March 7, 2020 Mojave Road Trail, California
We got off to a little earlier start, around ten I think as we wanted to make a little more miles today.
We got on the road and went a few miles in this creek bed hoping no traffic was coming the other way. We finally did meet up with a guy that was able to climb his rig off the road to let us pass. Fortunately he was in a good spot to get off the road as a lot of the places you couldn’t get off the road and it would be a long back up to find some place to pass.
Marty says NO
We were following this road when it looked like it just dropped off and it did when we got out to have a look at it.
The hill was full of moguls and very steep, a lot steeper than it looks in this photo. I asked Marty if he wanted to go down it and I got a flat NO.
We were able to back up and get turned around and take a different route.
We stopped at this stone cabin to check it out. No one was living in it but it looked nice and cozy.
Down the road from the cabin we stopped at this spring for a bit to check it out.
And we stopped at this spring called Government Hole.
From there we got onto this main type road. It was wider but had a lot of bad wash board on it so the going was rough and slow.
That road put us onto a road that crossed some railroad tracks where this monument was placed.
We continued on going down this road.
You can see the road we came from in the background. I’m waiting for Marty to catch up here. The road has gotten very bumpy with lots of moguls on most of it.
We were stopped at a spot where I spied these caterpillars on a bush.
Lots of rigs
I was parked in the middle of the road and all of a sudden rigs came from all directions. I quickly moved my van so they could pass. We stayed parked until they all passed on by.
Pattie signed the visitors guest book located in this box which I think was the halfway point.
Rains coming oh oh
We talked with some folks that we’d seen on and off on this trip going the same way as us. They said some rain was coming in in a couple days and warned this was a bad place to be when it rains in the desert and advised we pull out to Baker on an upcoming paved road. That gave us something to think about which we did.
Looking for tonight’s camp spot
We continued down the main trail looking hard for a place to call camp.
We found a tiny spur off the main road and pulled into it and made our camp here. No cactus stickers here like there was last night.
We watched as the sunset unfolded.
There’s a good chance we’ll pull out to Baker tomorrow. We only have a couple more miles to go to get out on a paved road to Baker so we’ll see how we feel about things tomorrow and decide.
A Sony AX33 4K, a video camera that takes stills too. What am I doing with that? I take pictures from my Kayak a lot. I found I was missing interesting shots, because my pic was being processed in my camera, before it would let me take another pic. Since I like to take what I call action stills, I bought this camera to take videos, that I could make stills out of, but, as a bonus, this camera also came with buttons to just take stills and that's what I mostly do, unless something is real interesting or too far away for my still zooms. My digilat zoom setting for video goes to two hundred x, and sometimes I need that, but usually, I only use the 10x lens zoom. Because this camera is HD and 4K, the quality has to be real good and it has a lot of stabilizers on it which really helps out a lot for taking pics on the water.
The other thing it has that is a must is a view finder and I had to buy Sony's top of the line cam to get it. This is a must for taking pics on the water, as you must hold the camera as still as posible and putting that eye piece to the eye forms a tripod with your arms that helps a lot. The eye piece is also a must as it works way better than a LED screen to see what you are taking a picture of in the daylight as the LED screens wash out easily in sunlight.
I also have another video camera, a Canon VIXIA G30. I use them both to mostly take stills. The Sony takes higher resolution stills than the G30. That was a bit of a disappointment as I bought the G30 to replace an older camera I dunked in the river, but then had to buy the Sony to get higher still picture resolution that the G30 was lacking.
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