You know it's gonna be a good time when you pull up and are instantly offered beer and s'mores. Everyone was fun and friendly. The Sea itself was definitely...interesting. Thankfully we didn't have much of a smell issue and was just far enough that it was an awesome view. The painted canyon hike was awesome! It was a lot of fun going through those tight canyons and up those ladders. Definitely the highlight. A low profile tent or use of guy-lines is suggested though. We got some freak wind Sat night that tore the camp up. Not sure all of us appreciated it, but it added to the experience and was a little fun.
Britt & Xav made a yummy camp meal, and the warm showers were a nice touch. (totally camping right? lol)
0 · January 24, 2011
The trip went swimmingly... first night we all met up at the Mecca Campground and setup near the water. Thankfully upwind from the beach of dead fish.
We made a big ole fire and had our taste-y chicken in a bag. Paul arrived a little later and the party really started! Smart guy that one -- had everything you could ever needs. Smores rounded out the night and we went to bed for a chilly desert night.
We reach the painted canyon after a lengthy ride along a washboard-tastic dirt road -- amazing sheer cliffs of funky-patterned rock. Then the great ladder section! A series of ladders took us out of the canyon and onto ridges. What an experience.
Then saturday night we had a sand storm wreak havoc on the camp. Sean and Kris' tent fell and funneled sand into their mouths-agape and sleeping bags. Hilarious disaster. To say nothing of Brittney's distressing Lentil soup. After recovering: Dos Palmers desert oasis for lunch then a beautiful car ride back to civilization. Great trip!
0 · January 23, 2011
You can usually buy firewood at local grocery stores. If there isn't any in Carlsbad, there will definitely be some closer to the boonies (i.e. in Mecca). If we're in the the desert there may not be good wood to collect, so I suggest we bring some. 2 chords would probably be fine. I can pick some up if we need it.
0 · January 19, 2011
I won't know until last minute if my gf can make it or not, and if she can we will be leaving late friday. Sooooo...just plan on me driving myself afterall.
I <3 cooking while camping, so I am gonna bring my own foods.
I know nothing about firewood. I am used to camping places you can just gather nearby lol.
0 · January 19, 2011
We decided on Salton Sea right? We need more girls!! Is everyone able to leave at 12:00 PM?
0 · January 12, 2011
I think we may want to reconsider Death Valley and change to the Salton Sea. Checked temps for Death Valley and the area will be in the 20s and 30s for most of the day and night. Salton Sea will stay in the 40s and low 50s. Let me know what you think!
0 · January 2, 2011
Finally get to try the dehydrated meals a bought a couple of months ago!
0 · October 28, 2010