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Gowergulch42
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:49 pm 
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I was in the valley between Dec. 25 and 29th. We did a lot of great stuff, and I'm working on a TR as I write this.

Included in this trip was: a return to a rock art site I call "Spectre Wash" , where it was cold and we found some ice in the wash. From there we visited one of my favorite mines, in the Inyo Mountains. I won't say the name, but I'm sure some of you will recognize it from pictures. Yes it's on public land. From there we did the loop behind Darwin past China Garden Spring (to visit the goldfish pond) and returned to camp.

Next day, we hauled down to Johnson Canyon to do a hike into poorly documented land south of Starvation Canyon to look for something that I didn't find on the trip. We got really close, but the short days meant the sun was threatening to set by 3:15. Lots of beautiful country out there, and ran into a fan of my site out there too, oddly.

Finally was the big event. After 9 years of camping off Lemoigne Canyon Road, I finally hiked to the old man's cabin high in the Cottonwoods. We set off to the cabin and visited a historically significant side canyon along the way filled with many inscriptions. After an incredible day and a great trip, we headed home the following morning.

All my pictures can be seen on Flikr, here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/145968792@N02/albums/72157677086797391
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:13 am 
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Great photos! thanks for sharing
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MojaveGeek
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:19 pm 
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So you went into that side canyon on the way back from Lemoigne's cabin. Did you know about it from other sources, or from my comment? I discovered it only by accident, but perhaps Digonnet had given a hint?

Do you think that Lemoigne graffit is real? I did.

Nice pix too! Looks like some snow in the mountains. Of course it may not last....
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Death Valley Dazed
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:17 pm 
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showing such fine detail. My favorite of the whole batch was the long shadows at the end of the day.

Thanks for taking the time to post your images!
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Gowergulch42
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:16 pm 
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MojaveGeek wrote:
So you went into that side canyon on the way back from Lemoigne's cabin. Did you know about it from other sources, or from my comment? I discovered it only by accident, but perhaps Digonnet had given a hint?

Do you think that Lemoigne graffit is real? I did.

Nice pix too! Looks like some snow in the mountains. Of course it may not last....


We went on the way uphill, so as not to risk having too little daylight on the way down. I first learned of interesting rocks in that canyon from you, interestingly, though it was a few years ago. I learned of the graffiti elsewhere, but figured out where it was. I absolutely believe those inscriptions are real; it takes more than a few years to form those mud drips.
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MojaveGeek
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Ah, that was smart (going in that way). I sort of stumbled across it on the way out. I had seen the path above the canyon on the way in and where there's mines and a possible route somewhere, a path usually means miners' route to me. Clearly it cuts off a canyon meander so I would agree that it is an old route with original inscriptions. I mean, who the heck goes out there other than strange folks like us Smile
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Death Valley Dazed
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:05 pm 
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Well, keep up with that "stange folks" schtick because I love the array of imagination, curiosity, adventure and "far out" trip reports I find here.
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TacoLand
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:32 am 
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Thanks for sharing the photos and looking forward to the accompanying trip report.

I've enjoyed my visits to Johnson Canyon and plan on spending more time round the Lemoigne area in March / April, so interested in hearing more about your trip. Cheers!
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D.A. Wright
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Enjoyed the inscriptions in the stone. Neat stuff. The only caucasian stone inscriptions I've seen are the 1855 carvings in Emigrant canyon.

There was a trail often mentioned in early Owens Valley press that ran over the Inyo Range, across the Nelson Range, then down into Death Valley in the vicinity of LeMoigne's camp (with branches to acess Keeler and Lone Pine). So the suggestion in another post that it was a miner's trail is likely correct.
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Great photos!
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Candace_66
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:36 pm 
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MojaveGeek wrote:
Ah, that was smart (going in that way). I sort of stumbled across it on the way out. I had seen the path above the canyon on the way in and where there's mines and a possible route somewhere, a path usually means miners' route to me. Clearly it cuts off a canyon meander so I would agree that it is an old route with original inscriptions. I mean, who the heck goes out there other than strange folks like us Smile


Speaking of historic inscriptions...ever since I saw this I've wondered who these two people were!

I was given an email address for someone at the Park who supposedly was a good contact for this sort of thing, and I sent them the pic, but never got a response. Confused


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:48 pm 
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Is that at the Emigrant Cyn petros, or elsewhere? I do recall some modern names there, including at least one inscription in a nice looking script!
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Amazing geology. I love those "S" curved rock strata.
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Gowergulch42
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Only SIX MONTHS late, but here's the first trip report from this trip! I've been pursuing other projects lately (to be shared eventually) so my website has rather fallen on the back burner. Enjoy!!

http://dvexplore.blogspot.com/2017/06/exploring-west-side.html
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:06 pm 
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Nice! I envy you guys who live close enough to just drive there for a long weekend. I'd love to do a winter trip again--it's those short days that keep me away.
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