Howdy from a former Panamint Valley visitor

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Howdy from a former Panamint Valley visitor

Post by jonz » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:55 am

Back in the late 60's/early 70's, my family camped in the Panamint Valley several times a year, usually at Ballarat.
I had a great time. I've been back several times since and plan to visit there more now that I'm into dual sport
motorcycle riding (when it's cooler).

We used to go up to Panamint City almost every trip. Somewhere, my dad has pictures of our chassis mount camper
up there. One of the miners backed a bulldozer up, spent the night, and bladed the road on the way down. We were
there just after the blading and the road was great.

I backpacked through there in the late 70's and met a few folks living there. Had me in for a hot drink. They'd fixed
up one of the cabins. They mined gemstones and made jewelry.

I got to camp at Barker Ranch my last trip a few years ago. I heard it burned down :(

I'm looking forward to more trips this fall/winter/spring to explore. I just happened onto this site and it looks like a
good source of info to plan those future trips.


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Re: Howdy from a former Panamint Valley visitor

Post by RSG » Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:38 pm

this is a great source for information about the desert and welcome!


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Re: Howdy from a former Panamint Valley visitor

Post by Norman Johnson » Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:04 pm

We have all---ALL--the info on the area at this site...or most of it...or a part of it...a little bit, at least. I think this is a very helpful and yet diverse group and if you have the passion for the desert and especially that unique place called Panamint Valley and the surrounding mountains, jump in---the water's fine. Not that there is any water out here or not much.

But, from your background story, you know that. We love photo's and stories about the past and present.

"You can't tell by watching a bunch of mules rolling in the dust which one can fart the loudest." Sherman Wilhelm

"In case you should ever get the idea you'd like to be a prospector or miner, remember, you don't have to be crazy, but it would help a lot." Jack Mitchell, DOD 10-28-1954

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