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Ft. Irwin to Mohave and back to the city

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:18 pm
by big dave
My brother is in the army, based in Ft. Benning, GA. His entire base was sent to Ft. Irwin, CA for desert training for a month back in July. I haven't seen him for 2 years, so he asked for 24 hour leave and it was granted at the end of July (cant remember exact date). I left my house at 5am and drove 120 miles to pick him up from the base, then drove 120 miles back home to hang out with family. The next morning i drove him 120 miles back to the base, and then went to check out some mines i saw from the road on Ft Irwin. I was kinda disappointed because i walked about a mile uphill in soft dirt and brush in 110*f heat. None of the mines went in very far, but there were some old cars sitting out there that i thought were interesting. I shot around for a while, and then walked a friggin mile back to the truck.

I got back on the 15 south and pulled off between Barstow and Victorville to check out some holes ive seen for years. I wasnt very disappointed, because i was able to drive up to them in air conditioning. None of them went in very far, except for one which i really wanted to save until i had friends with me so we could have fun checking it out.

After i checked out the desert, i drove on 3N21 dirt road through the Cajon Pass and checked out some trains and stuff. Theres some old burnt communities i didnt take pics of, but id like to go back and check them out.

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Re: Ft. Irwin to Mohave and back to the city

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:43 pm
by Fetus
Sounds like a fun trip. There are more mines in the Stoddard Valley area just off the 15 near Victorville. There is one where it goes horizontal then drops vertical. I have found a few open vertical shafts out in the desert that are fenced off.

You should check out Burro Schmidt's Tunnel sometime. If you have kids they'll dig it. Just bring a flashlight.

Re: Ft. Irwin to Mohave and back to the city

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:37 pm
by BorregoWrangler
Fun stuff. I love exploring old mines. There's one in Jacumba that I still need to checkout and if I ever get another boat, there's a few right off the colorado river.

Re: Ft. Irwin to Mohave and back to the city

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:33 pm
by OLLIE
Looks like a fun excursion. It's good to see you posting again.

Re: Ft. Irwin to Mohave and back to the city

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:13 pm
by big dave
Hey guys, long time no see. Im going back out to the desert as soon as it cools down and i replace the shocks, again. Ive been through 2 sets in 2 years :roll: