GSM 2013 March Death Valley - Day 2
Mar 24, 2013Public
Photo: View from Cima Kelso Road in Majave National Preserve, CA
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Photo: Mojave Road monument where it crosses the Kelso Cima Road
Photo: The Mojave Road is a historic route & present day dirt road across what is now the Mojave National Preserve. This rough road stretches 140 miles from the site of the old Fort Mohave (on the west bank of the Colorado River, roughly 10 miles southwest of Bullhead City, AZ) to the site of the old Camp Cady (on the west bank of the Mojave River, roughly 12 miles northeast of Newberry Springs, CA).
Photo: A traditional thoroughfare of desert-dwelling Native Americans, the road much later served Spanish missionaries, explorers, and foreign colonizers & settlers from the 18th to 19th centuries, and ran between watering holes across the Mojave Desert between the Colorado River and San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California. The watering holes recur at intervals of about 60 to 70 miles.
Photo: Rock formations similar to those GSM members saw in Joshua Tree National Park in April, 2012
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Photo: Note dark inclusions in the rock.
Photo: Close up of dark inclusions
Photo: View from Mid Hills Campground, Mojave Preserve.  At 5,600 feet in elevation, Mid Hills is much cooler than the desert floor below.
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Photo: Portions of the campground burned during the June 2005 lightning-ignited "Hackberry Complex" wildfire (a fire exacerbated by plant growth from anunusually wet winter and the invasive alien grasses which grew particularly abundantly that spring).
Photo: View from Mid Hills Campground, Mojave Preserve
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Photo: This is a mountain top view across the basin and range to the Sierra escarpment.
Photo: In the very far distance you can see snow atop the Sierras.
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