I want to escape for a couple of days in the Owlshead Mountains again and then start looking more closely at the Panamint Mountains on the other side of Badwater during the rest of the week. I've always just driven past the Panamint Mountains.

Day 1: Hiking more unnamed canyons in the Owlshead Mountains

Day 1: Hiking more unnamed canyons in the Owlshead Mountains

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The Owlshead Mountains is a huge area of unnamed hills and canyons. Even after a couple of visits out here, I'm still hankering to explore more. Today's hike will be about 15 miles with about 1700 feet of elevation gain.

Day 2: Hiking around the Owlshead Peak ridge

Day 2: Hiking around the Owlshead Peak ridge

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I've seen these hills while hiking other parts of the Owlshead Mountains, and would like to see how the world looks from up there. 12.6 hiking miles with a bit over 1000 feet of elevation gain, though I wanted to hike further.

Day 3: Driving Titus Canyon, a last-minute decision

Day 3: Driving Titus Canyon, a last-minute decision

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35 miles of dirt-road driving out of the Owlshead Mountains, about 115 highway miles via Beatty, Nevada, 25 more miles of dirt up to and through Titus Canyon, then 30 pavement miles at night to Furnace Creek.

Day 4: Driving Warm Springs Road and West Side Road

Day 4: Driving Warm Springs Road and West Side Road

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A phone message received overnight changes my day and perhaps my life. I'll drive over 100 miles today, enjoying the scenery and the privilege of stumbling across a herd of bighorn sheep.

Day 5: Hanging out in the Trail Canyon foothills

Day 5: Hanging out in the Trail Canyon foothills

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It's a slow morning and I have a few afternoon errands that will break up my day. Nature is a welcoming place during a time of emotional stress.

Day 6: Johnson Canyon day hike

Day 6: Johnson Canyon day hike

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Today's scenic hike up Johnson Canyon is in memory of Mom, who passed away a few days ago. 11 miles and about 2800 feet of elevation gain. I'm fortunate to have solitude in a beautiful place instead of being at work.

Day 7: A visit to Rhodes Cabin and China Ranch date farm

Day 7: A visit to Rhodes Cabin and China Ranch date farm

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"Sometimes I drive..." goes that Assemblage 23 song. I'll end this trip with a day of roadtripping through the south end of Death Valley National Park and across Tecopa Pass in the Kingston Range. And I'll have another desert-tortoise sighting!