Hiking, camping and 4WD in the Mojave Desert, Death Valley and Eastern Sierra

These days I'm driving a Toyota FJ Cruiser on desert dirt roads instead of the 10-ton bicycle of all those years past–and then hiking from there. Things change!

And there it is, Van Winkle Spring, with a few flies in the water, but not disgusting at all

4508-van-winkle-spring.jpg Let's see if the real Van Winkle Spring is nearby, or if that dry cistern is all there is Thumbnails The stripes in Van Winkle Mountain draw me up the hill Let's see if the real Van Winkle Spring is nearby, or if that dry cistern is all there is Thumbnails The stripes in Van Winkle Mountain draw me up the hill Let's see if the real Van Winkle Spring is nearby, or if that dry cistern is all there is Thumbnails The stripes in Van Winkle Mountain draw me up the hill Let's see if the real Van Winkle Spring is nearby, or if that dry cistern is all there is Thumbnails The stripes in Van Winkle Mountain draw me up the hill Let's see if the real Van Winkle Spring is nearby, or if that dry cistern is all there is Thumbnails The stripes in Van Winkle Mountain draw me up the hill

During my bicycle-camping days, I had often wondered if I would want to filter water at this spring; now I know.