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by Morrie
Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Death Valley Environment
Topic: Plant Identification
Replies: 3
Views: 2500

Yes! We did indeed see this at Chloride City, in several places. What was confusing to me was this plant had no apparent leaves, just pointy stems and flowers, but the photos online showed little leaves.
by Morrie
Mon May 29, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Death Valley Environment
Topic: Plant Identification
Replies: 3
Views: 2500

Plant Identification

I've gotten pretty good at identifying DV wildflower over the years, but this one I saw last year stumps me. Does anyone have an idea?

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by Morrie
Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Lee Flat
Replies: 7
Views: 4128

If you click on that link to the photo on Nelson Cabin in my message above, and then click on the map at the lower right of that page, you can zoom into exactly where the photo was taken.
by Morrie
Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:41 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Lee Flat
Replies: 7
Views: 4128

There are great places to camp among the Joshua trees at the ends and along any of the roads that go into Nelson Range at the north end of Lee Flat. The cabin that MojaveGeek is talking about is called Nelson Cabin.
by Morrie
Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:08 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Fog or Dust Storm?
Replies: 4
Views: 3258

There had been no rain in the last 3 days, but yes, it felt slightly cooler as well as damp. Not particularly windy. Like you, netllama, I thought it was a sandstorm at first, but we didn't feel any blowing sand or high winds when it slowly moved up to us. I had no idea the air in DV could be moist ...
by Morrie
Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Fog or Dust Storm?
Replies: 4
Views: 3258

Fog or Dust Storm?

When in Death Valley last June, I saw something I had not seen in 20 years of going there. At first I thought it was a dust storm (which I have seen a number of times) but then it hit us and it felt more like a damp fog. This came up from the valley at Lee Flat over a period of hours. Has anyone see...
by Morrie
Wed May 25, 2016 5:05 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: New National Weather Service page for Death Valley
Replies: 15
Views: 5635

ETAV8R wrote: When you zoom in place your mouse in the middle, click and drag. The camera can be poined up, down, and side to side to show what you want to see.
Duh...never thought of that!
by Morrie
Tue May 24, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: New National Weather Service page for Death Valley
Replies: 15
Views: 5635

Also, there is a cool webcam on the reservation in the FC area...instead of one view, the camera slowly rotates and gives a panorama view: http://timbisha.com/index.php/weather The webcam's great, but I guess because it's for the purpose of weather, it's pointed a bit up. When you zoom in, all you ...
by Morrie
Tue May 24, 2016 3:37 pm
Forum: Western Places
Topic: Hard Luck Castle - anyone else been there?
Replies: 11
Views: 11629

That has been the price for some months. If I were a bit younger (not so likely to need a doctor) and ready to retire, I would seriously consider this place. $1.5 million is really nothing, considering what modest houses cost nowadays (in California anyway). Maybe a few years off the grid and a half...
by Morrie
Tue May 24, 2016 5:11 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: New National Weather Service page for Death Valley
Replies: 15
Views: 5635

All in all, I liked the morning report better, with road conditions on the same page. But I guess this does have more detail.
by Morrie
Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Midnight at The Grandstand Under Full Moon
Replies: 2
Views: 1544

Very nice! Night and full moon shots are tough. Certainly video is near impossible without very specialized equipment, but you did pretty well. This made me check the dates of my next trip: turns out the moon will be a day or two before full towards the end of the trip. I may try to find a spot with...
by Morrie
Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Backcountry Camping Rules Change
Replies: 31
Views: 14064

I would love to be able to do that! But, alas, I live in Ohio which makes it impractical. Last year when I was at Mahogany Flat, I met a guy who lives in Georgia (I think) but keeps a truck and camping gear in Colorado so he can fly out there and tour the west a few weeks a year. Not in the financi...
by Morrie
Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Backcountry Camping Rules Change
Replies: 31
Views: 14064

Just looking at other roads that might now be open to camping which weren't previously, because they were shorter than 2 miles: - Road to Hummingbird Spring off the Wildrose Road - Road up Nemo Canyon, off the Emigrant Canyon Road - A number of little spurs down south, off of 178, around Jubilee Pas...
by Morrie
Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Backcountry Camping Rules Change
Replies: 31
Views: 14064

There are actually a handful of flat spots along the road. About 1 mile in, I found and used an area that was slightly tilted, but was large enough for a few vehicles to park. On the way out, I stayed in a similar spot farther up the road. That's good to know. Lots of times I find myself in that ar...
by Morrie
Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Backcountry Camping Rules Change
Replies: 31
Views: 14064

As one who uses a bivy and ground pad instead of a tent, I can almost always find a place to camp just about anywhere. I can sleep on a fairly steep incline, using my backpack under my knees. So, 1 mile rather than 2 could easily make a big difference for me if I am running out of daylight, or just...