Chris Roams

Travel, Adventures, and Photography

Joshua Tree, Trona, and Death Valley

Escaping a rare rainy day in Las Vegas, Laura and I proceeded south through Mojave National Preserve to meet up with Adam, Cheryl, and Nina at a dry lakebed north of Joshua Tree where we set up the camper before heading into the park to do some bouldering. Driving across a wide open lakebed can bring out the Mad Max in anybody.
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KxTADKTkTcux9dfFJmwQ+Q_thumb_599d2M4i48boQsa4ptcB0sSyAg_thumb_59a4The next day we made it to the ghost town at Ballarat to drop the trailer and head up to the Wildrose Charcoal Kilns in Death Valley National Park. Our eventual plans to proceed in to the Saline Valley warm springs was derailed by a combination of a blown tire and a rare Death Valley snowstorm so we bailed back down to Barstow and then back to Vegas.0JrKBhuHT%Gc1k0fe9lkfw_thumb_59a7