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!

The FJ sits across the road from the China Ranch sign, ready for the short drive down the hill

2769-china-ranch.jpg All that washboard on Furnace Creek Road comes to an end when I arrive at pavement Thumbnails This will be the FJ's first visit to China Ranch All that washboard on Furnace Creek Road comes to an end when I arrive at pavement Thumbnails This will be the FJ's first visit to China Ranch All that washboard on Furnace Creek Road comes to an end when I arrive at pavement Thumbnails This will be the FJ's first visit to China Ranch All that washboard on Furnace Creek Road comes to an end when I arrive at pavement Thumbnails This will be the FJ's first visit to China Ranch

I look to the Kingston Range in the background to see from where I've driven today.