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by blackturtle.us
Sat May 16, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Blackturtle Plant Porn and '52 Plane Crash
Replies: 2
Views: 509

Re: Blackturtle Plant Porn and '52 Plane Crash

Interesting article! I have not visited the Albatross. I'm sure most people intentionally try to find the plane wreck, but to accidentally stumble across the wreckage while looking for plants would be quite a surprise. The only plane wreckage I've ever come across is north of the Kennedy Meadows Cam...
by blackturtle.us
Fri May 01, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Upcoming Trips
Topic: April 23-27: Roadrunner Route
Replies: 11
Views: 2745

Re: April 23-27: Roadrunner Route

Are you shuttling cars with a friend or are you using some kind of drop off service? (I've heard that people who do the John Muir Trail can use a drop off service where they leave their cars in Lone Pine and then get transported up to Yosemite to start the hike and then are picked up at Whitney Port...
by blackturtle.us
Fri May 01, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Western Places
Topic: Sacatar Trail Wilderness
Replies: 8
Views: 3121

Re: Sacatar Trail Wilderness

Regarding the Jackie Coogan cabin, my understanding is that there are just remains of a cabin and not an actual cabin. Is that correct? Also, when you access the Long Valley, Manter, Rockhouse Basin, and Domeland areas do you generally come up from the south (the Lake Isabella area) or down from the...
by blackturtle.us
Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Western Places
Topic: Sacatar Trail Wilderness
Replies: 8
Views: 3121

Re: Sacatar Trail Wilderness

Do you see the rattlers mostly going south toward Rockhouse Basin or going north? Actually the only rattler I've seen in the Sierras was about four miles up the PCT from the KM campground. As for bears, I've seen a lot of them in the southern Sierras, but they are scared of humans. I even stumbled u...
by blackturtle.us
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Western Places
Topic: Sacatar Trail Wilderness
Replies: 8
Views: 3121

Re: Sacatar Trail Wilderness

I've been doing a lot of hikes up here lately. On Saturday I came across this waterfall about a half mile up the canyon from Deer Spring. Last Wednesday I saw a mother bear and a smaller bear which appeared to be about a year old. Although I'd rather be working in the classroom down in Trona, this d...
by blackturtle.us
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Upcoming Trips
Topic: April 23-27: Roadrunner Route
Replies: 11
Views: 2745

Re: April 23-27: Roadrunner Route

I recommend doing Kern Peak if you haven't already done it. What I've heard is that Kern Peak is one of the few major peaks which is not visible from any paved road. Not sure if that's 100% accurate, but it's likely to be so. You can start at the Blackrock Trailhead or the Cottonwood (or Trail Pass)...
by blackturtle.us
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Western Places
Topic: Sacatar Trail Wilderness
Replies: 8
Views: 3121

Re: Sacatar Trail Wilderness

From BLM trailhead at the bottom to the BLM trailhead at the top it's probably between nine and ten miles, one way distance. The elevation gain is a little over 3500 feet. The bottom couple miles of the trail is not all that interesting. It's the top of the trail which I would recommend. To get to t...
by blackturtle.us
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Western Places
Topic: Sacatar Trail Wilderness
Replies: 8
Views: 3121

Sacatar Trail Wilderness

Sacatar Trail Wilderness I finally completed the Sacatar Trail. For those who don't know, the Sacatar Trail starts a couple miles west of 395 and goes up over the crest (about 7300') into the Kennedy Meadows area. I believe it was an old route to facilitate travel from the Owens Valley area to Bake...
by blackturtle.us
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Wildflower potential
Replies: 10
Views: 2724

Re: Wildflower potential

Today I did a short hike in Searles Valley (west of Death Valley by a few miles) between 1600 and 2400 feet in elevation and saw the following: 1) Lots of Desert Gold Poppy seedlings: http://www.dvplants.com/PLANTS/POPPY2/index.html 2) Popcorn Flower starting to bloom: http://www.dvplants.com/PLANTS...
by blackturtle.us
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Mixing Jealousy & Admiration For DV NPS Staff
Replies: 8
Views: 2342

Re: Mixing Jealousy & Admiration For DV NPS Staff

Death Valley Dazed - Thanks for the mention. I admit that I have done far more hikes in the Argus Range than in DVNP in the last couple years, but one way or another I do a hike every week. I live in Trona and so it's easy for me to get to anything in Searles Valley and Panamint Valley pretty quickl...
by blackturtle.us
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: M 7.1 earthquake in Ridgecrest
Replies: 22
Views: 5016

Re: M 7.1 earthquake in Ridgecrest

Glad to hear. My primary concerns for Trona residents was adaquate water and electricity for swamp cooling and refrigerators. Good to hear of aid efforts. I still haven’t found any real info on the status of the plant, other than a chimney with a lopsided cap. We got a notice that the plant will be...
by blackturtle.us
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Upcoming Trips
Topic: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460
Replies: 11
Views: 3577

Re: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460

I've done Whitney three times and once up each for White, Langley, and Elbert. That's the extent of the 14er's I've done. Of the four peaks, Elbert was the easiest. There are at least a couple different standard trailheads up that one from what I can tell. I don't recall the name of the one I starte...
by blackturtle.us
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: A jet crashes in the DV area, several onlookers injured
Replies: 53
Views: 10763

Re: A jet crashes in the DV area, several onlookers injured

Interesting -- I wonder how it's all going to play out. I'm surprised at how little nationwide coverage the crash is getting. You'd think a bunch of people scorched and cut up by an unnecessary military screw up would get more attention. I am leaning towards the idea that a majority of the public d...
by blackturtle.us
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Jerry Feeman and UFO conspiracy
Replies: 5
Views: 1843

Re: Jerry Feeman and UFO conspiracy

Currently trending on YouTube with 6.3 million views.... This "Can't Stop All Of Us" campaign sounds more like a 4chan joke than something that's for real, but then again lots of 4chan jokes have become more or less real things.... LOL
by blackturtle.us
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: M 7.1 earthquake in Ridgecrest
Replies: 22
Views: 5016

Re: M 7.1 earthquake in Ridgecrest

Our water is back on now and while it was out the National Guard was handing out free water in just about every imaginable form. There was non-potable water for flushing toilets, bottled water of every brand, and jugs of water, etc. Food has also been fairly abundant. Porta-potties were brought in a...