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BORAX VISITORS CENTER: BORON, CA

Overlooking California’s largest open-pit mine and the largest borax mine in the world, the Borax Visitor Center includes a museum, gift shop and an original 20 mule team wagon that once ferried borax out of Death Valley from 1883 to […]

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INDIAN WELLS BREWING COMPANY: HIGHWAY 14

“The Biggest, Little Brewery in the World” produces over 20 styles of beer and 100 flavors of soda each year using pure artesian spring water from the historic Indian Wells Spring.        

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A DRIVING TOUR OF MAZOURKA CANYON: HIGHWAY 395

Located east of Independence, Mazourka Canyon Road crosses the Owens River Valley before cutting into the western side of the Inyo Mountains. Along the way it passes a ghost train depot, a pet cemetery and numerous abandoned mines before reaching […]

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ROGUE PET CEMETERY: EASTERN SIERRA

The hidden pet cemetery near Bishop, CA where highly elevated pets are laid to rest.    

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ROCK CLIMBING SCHOOL: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Learning the ropes (again) in one of the most beautiful schoolyards around, Joshua Tree National Park.  

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OWENS LAKE TRAILS: HIGHWAY 395

The recently opened Owens Lake Trails, includes a total of four miles of walking paths, overlook areas and land art installations which aims to enhance public access, recreation, and wildlife habitat while educating visitors about LADWP’s dust control efforts on […]

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GHOST CAMP[ING] IN THE MOJAVE DESERT: A PHOTO ESSAY

Camping in an old abandoned mining camp out in the Mojave Desert.  

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THE GHOST OF LITTLE LAKE, CA: OWENS VALLEY

Established in 1909 as a stop for travelers making their way between Los Angeles and the Eastern Sierra, this roadside settlement once included a store, auto repair shop, gas station, post office and an iconic rock-faced hotel. A highway realignment, […]

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VERTICAL MINE SHAFT EXPLORATION: RANDSBURG, CA

On a recent camping and mine exploration trip out in the Mojave Desert, I explored my first vertical shaft which plunged 15 stories deep into the earth.

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RETURN TO OLD DUTCH

There’s something about the Old Dutch Cleanser Mine that keeps me coming back for more.        

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