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!

Many miles later, I'm passing the former café and gas station along old Route 66 in Essex, California

0304-essex.jpg I stop for a quick break at the south end of Black Canyon Road Thumbnails Next to the old Essex Café is the Essex post office I stop for a quick break at the south end of Black Canyon Road Thumbnails Next to the old Essex Café is the Essex post office I stop for a quick break at the south end of Black Canyon Road Thumbnails Next to the old Essex Café is the Essex post office I stop for a quick break at the south end of Black Canyon Road Thumbnails Next to the old Essex Café is the Essex post office I stop for a quick break at the south end of Black Canyon Road Thumbnails Next to the old Essex Café is the Essex post office

Not much happens here these days!