Death Valley 2014

When the wind storm hit our camp site and knocked down our tents in Moab, we decided to continue our journey towards death valley.  It was a huge temperature change from Moab to Death Valley.  This place looks totally like a different planet.  The first day we went and explored Titus Valley.  Lots of norrow passages.  The second day, we explored Scotty’s Castle and Race track.  Everybody who goes to Death Valley should see Scotty’s Castle. This big mension in the middle of nowhere.  Self sufficient in this extremely deadly environment. And amazing story of a con artist. Race track is full with mysteries.  The name comes from these racing rocks.  Nobody knows how they move and leave these tracks. Well up until we met the scientists who were trying to solve this mystery.  They were doing some research with their satellite gear when we were there.  They told us that they have an answer to this mystery and they will publish it in 3 months time. The third and last day, Dave and I decided to go find Charles Manson’s hiding place.  We got good instructions from another camper and after getting lost a few times, we found the place. It was called Barker Ranch.  Luckily when we got lost, we found 2 or 3 mine sites full with old machinery.  On the way back to campsite we walked the sand dunes. This is a place I would love to go back and explore more.

Goldbridge

This trip was totally scenic. We have seen the ghost town of Braidan, swam in Kingdom lake with frogs, ate Dutch oven biscuits, saw a couple mines, an old hotel. It was an overall very relaxing camping trip. In fact it was so relaxing that I dont ever remember being so relaxed.

Britannia Copper Mines

We followed the Britannia Creek road up and first discovered old mine car tracks and a concrete structure. Then we went down towards the creek and passed by the old ruins of a swimming pool.  This was old towns public swimming pool. When we arrived the creek, there was a little dam which was part of the power plant.  Then we followed the route up the creek and crossed to creek later to get to the old generator building.  This building’s roof has collapsed.  The machinery and the back wall are still there.