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!

I wake up in the Owlshead Mountains with a view of dry Owl Lake

4771-tent-view.jpg Thumbnails Morning coffee, granola and fruit, plus a corncob pipe, prepare me for today's hike Thumbnails Morning coffee, granola and fruit, plus a corncob pipe, prepare me for today's hike Thumbnails Morning coffee, granola and fruit, plus a corncob pipe, prepare me for today's hike Thumbnails Morning coffee, granola and fruit, plus a corncob pipe, prepare me for today's hike Thumbnails Morning coffee, granola and fruit, plus a corncob pipe, prepare me for today's hike

I had a long drive to get here from San Jose yesterday and noticed bright flashes of light in the dark while passing the nearby military base on the way here.