Anza Borrego One or Two Day Drive
Saturday, November 30 - Sunday, December 1, 2013
As RennListed by Greg Lush email@example.com on Monday, October 28, 2013 7:53 pm
Eric Budai has recently volunteered to lead a group on a one day and optional second day very light off-road adventure. Our objective is to involve all of our Porsche enthusiasts, including Cayenne’s.
Please see the link and details below and sign up quickly.
Link for those registering: http://sdrv.ms/16hTUPy
1. Meet up initially for breakfast around 9:00, like IHOP in Lake Forest, or a Denny's by the freeway. I personally don't eat like this, but we need to meet somewhere with parking and coffee. Show up with gas (in the tank).
2. Hand out directions and synopsis.
3. Proceed 5 fwy south, to 78 east. Fuel up and restroom break at the outskirts of Ramona.
4. Proceed thru Julian. I hate Julian. My SL 560 was backed into here. I hate Julian.
5. Continue on 78 east, from Julian, we lose altitude into the desert. Some twisty slow curves, then some straights. Like Ortega hwy.
6. At Ocotillo Wells, stop at the Visitor's Center operated by the State. Learn about stuff.... animals, plants and history.
7. Continue on 78 east about a mile, turn right (south) on Split Mountain Road, proceed approximately 8 miles to Fish Creek Wash, proceed right, off pavement begins. A 5 minute off road trail talk would be good. (vehicle spacing, speed, dust)
8. Travel west on Fish Creek about 4.1 miles, on sandy / gravel trail. This is not Paris / Dakar. The split in the mountain is very scenic, with lots of great photo ops. Max. 20 mph.
9. Stop and park at Wind Caves. Eat sack lunch now, or after hike. For hike... bring water bottle, camera, walking stick, and sturdy shoes. Flip flops are not good here. The hike is about 20 minutes. There is a short uphill section, then follows the terrain of the slope.
10. Enjoy the desert. After the Wind Caves, the group can proceed on to nearby Shell Reef, about a 1/2 mile away. Short hiking and exploring optional.
11. After Shell Reef, the group can split up. People can choose to camp overnight, or they can be escorted back to Split Mountain road and retrace return home.
12. Camping will take place nearby. Loads of nice flat areas up the wash. I will bring tons of firewood. Canned soup is easy to heat up and simple. French or sour dough rolls too. I can bring a few camp stoves. Perhaps we can provide dinner?
13. During the evening we usually go looking for scorpions with UV black lights, for about 30 min or so.
14. The star field is amazing, and shooting stars and satellites can be seen. I have a book of ghost stories. Roast marshmallows.
16. Wake up. Have breakfast, clean camp area and depart.
Bring for the day: hiking / walking shoes suitable for gravel, sand and small rocks. Hiking / walking stick. Folding chair. Camera. Water - one flat for two people is reasonable. Sack or cooler lunch. Jacket and beanie. Assorted snacks.
Bring for overnight: tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, personal stuff, flashlight or head light.
We / I can provide firewood, lanterns, marshmallows, marshmallow sticks, camp stoves, soup and bread dinner. For those interested in overnight a $15 per person will be collected.
I will use AX radios while on trial. I have a few veteran " Trail Masters " to assist off road. Tom Ridings, James, Thane , and Erik, and myself.