The photos below are what we saw.
north from San Diego we
saw the oddest vehicle on the freeway near the crest of the
Cajon Pass. This is a 4x4 'vette (at least in body style). I doubt that the vehicle
worth a damn, but you never know.
arrived at the KOA in Calico, CA and got set-up. Late in the evening a U-500 camper
pulled in next
to us. Next morning I got a good look at it; it is a big
rig with a substantial overhang on the rear axle.
Thor is, of course, just Thor. Thor ran like a champ
to be out of my driveway after sitting for a couple of
The U-500 camper has a
Dawn brought moderate
winds and some blowing dust. The view of the Calico
mountains was a bit hazy from the dust.
Terry's Helgeth-modified 1300L was ready
to rock and roll.
Eric's DOKA provided our base of operations for the day. He was kind enough to let us ride with him. This DOKA is Altar-proven and came with us on one of our sand dune expeditions.
Since the MogFest party
did not officially start until the afternoon, the group decided to take a
run to Rainbow
Canyon and then to some nearby petroglyphs. The group decided to
air down to
make the trail bumps a bit more tolerable.
Alan, Joe and others were going
to pre-run the trail for tomorrow, but later decided to join
us on our easy
Joe's heavily modified 404 has
been heavily modified by the trail.
Nothing shows "Mog Commitment" better than
a special tattoo.
This 404 DOKA is trail-ready.
We headed into Rainbow Canyon through a
There were plenty of
interesting geological structures visible from the trail.
The uplift followed by
faulting and erosion produced interesting cliffs.
The warping exposed many
layers of multi-colored strata.
Some of the dip angles of the uplift
were quite severe.
Look carefully at the lip
that the warping has exposed. The lip is actually curved
around to the right around the ridge line.
More interesting strata was
exposed by the faulting and uplift.
This mud formed "popcorn"
structures not unlike seen in caverns.
As we headed south, the
We followed the trail for
a few miles then turned to the north into the hills covered by
volcanic ejecta. Along the route, we stopped at a site
with a few
decided to eat lunch.
One of the kids had an RC 406
that was kicking
attacking the hills.
The little truck was
actually quite capable on obstacles of the same scale.
We explored the surrounding cliffs for more petroglyphs but
found no more. So, we loaded up and headed back to camp.
We had a pot luck dinner with tons of good food. Joe and Tammy fried a whole turkey, Eric made "Mariachi Chicken", Kathleen lasagna. There were many other dishes as well and nobody went hungry.
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