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!

The stripes in Van Winkle Mountain draw me up the hill

4512-van-winkle-mtn.jpg And there it is, Van Winkle Spring, with a few flies in the water, but not disgusting at all Thumbnails There's the FJ and my tent down there, with Providence Mountains in the backdrop And there it is, Van Winkle Spring, with a few flies in the water, but not disgusting at all Thumbnails There's the FJ and my tent down there, with Providence Mountains in the backdrop And there it is, Van Winkle Spring, with a few flies in the water, but not disgusting at all Thumbnails There's the FJ and my tent down there, with Providence Mountains in the backdrop And there it is, Van Winkle Spring, with a few flies in the water, but not disgusting at all Thumbnails There's the FJ and my tent down there, with Providence Mountains in the backdrop And there it is, Van Winkle Spring, with a few flies in the water, but not disgusting at all Thumbnails There's the FJ and my tent down there, with Providence Mountains in the backdrop

It's too steep, for me at least, to hike straight up the hill.