A family adventure to Anza Borrego Desert State Park in California. We arrived in the morning in Borrego Springs, roamed the visitor centre and then went hunting for the giant metal sculptures in the desert. By noon we were up Font's Point for the amazing view of the Bad Lands. In the afternoon, we headed out to Fish Creek canyon, drove the Sandstone Canyon and camped near the Wind Caves. The second day we hiked the Wind Caves, drove Diablo Dropoff in reverse and entered Arroyo Tapiado canyon to explore Big Mud Cave. We finished off the second day via Sin Nombre Canyon and visiting the Dolomite Mine Ruins. We exited the area on Highway 8 towards Arizona at 4pm, making to the parents' place in Chandler at 9:30pm.

This trip had it all... howling coyotes, sand dune sledding, canyon crawling, a wind storm that damaged our tent, ghost towns, abandoned mining shafts, clear stary nights and miles upon miles of desert driving. Awesomesauce. After two days of driving, we made it to Bishop, California, loaded up on groceries at Von's and headed into the North end of Death Valley. Our first stop... Eureka Dunes for the night. The next morning we sledded the Eureka dunes and headed out via Dedeckera Canyon to Steel Pass. We found Marble Bath and carried down to both the upper and lower springs. Saw many nudes at the lower springs. We continued across the vast Saline Valley, ran into some wild donkeys, checked out the old salt tram towers and headed up Lippincott Pass. Once at the top, we visited the Racetrack Playa and the "moving rocks". We finished the day with a drive to Teakettle Junction and the Lost Burro Mine. We camped at Lost Burro, but that night there was a severe wind storm and all four of us ended up inside the jeep with the tent packed up... the wind was insane. The next morning we headed up to the Ubehebe Crater, over to Scotty's Junction and down to Stovepipe Wells. We then made our way over to Panamint Springs for gas and a quick shower. Had a good lunch at the Panamint Springs Restaurant before heading over to the Tucki Mine. After exploring the Tucki Mine site, we drove over to Chloride Road and camped for the night. The final morning, we continued on with Chloride Road and reached the Chloride Cliffs. Amazing mine ruins everywhere you look. Huge holes in the ground, old buildings, shafts, wells, etc. Could spend an entire day there exploring. However, we continued into the vast desert valley that separates California from Nevada and eventually found the highway and entered Nevada. Within the first 5 minutes of driving in Nevada, we discovered the Rhyolite Ghost Town which has an interesting art display. We continued North on the I-95 to head home, but stopped for a mini-adventure on the Coaldale Salt Mine Flats before continuing to Reno. Drove from Reno to home in just over 16 hours. Total driving distance was 4285kms.