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!

Heavy-duty clouds sit above Lake Hill as I arrive at the FJ to end today's hike

6667-lake-hill.jpg The FJ refused to feed the begging coyotes, but maybe this car will feed them? Thumbnails Next, I slowly drive Panamint Dunes Road, over its many small, deep dips The FJ refused to feed the begging coyotes, but maybe this car will feed them? Thumbnails Next, I slowly drive Panamint Dunes Road, over its many small, deep dips The FJ refused to feed the begging coyotes, but maybe this car will feed them? Thumbnails Next, I slowly drive Panamint Dunes Road, over its many small, deep dips The FJ refused to feed the begging coyotes, but maybe this car will feed them? Thumbnails Next, I slowly drive Panamint Dunes Road, over its many small, deep dips The FJ refused to feed the begging coyotes, but maybe this car will feed them? Thumbnails Next, I slowly drive Panamint Dunes Road, over its many small, deep dips

My original plan was to camp out here tonight, but given the high winds here in Panamint Valley right now, I'm going to drive back to Panamint Springs campground for the night, and enjoy a restaurant meal at the same time.