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    Re: Concerns Re Overnighting at Racetrack in Death Valley

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Galli View Post
    Actually, we're pretty sure it's people from Canada that move those rocks around every which way. Whether they do it naked is a picture I just really don't need to envision.

    Darn...

    Just when mr. Galli gets an idea to nab those rock pushers, he has the cheekiness to 'nix' the idea....


    Can't you just see it now in Galli Style, those Canadiens out pushing all the rocks before dawn in the soft-light, exposed with a soft-focus lens?

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    Re: Concerns Re Overnighting at Racetrack in Death Valley

    Richard: You'd do best heeding my advice. You can clearly and legally camp about one mile south of the playa, as I mentioned previously, regardless of what others here are saying. Sleep in a jeep or sleep in the dirt; you can do both legally at the Racetrack.

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    Re: Concerns Re Overnighting at Racetrack in Death Valley

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Gordon View Post
    Richard: You'd do best heeding my advice. You can clearly and legally camp about one mile south of the playa, as I mentioned previously, regardless of what others here are saying. Sleep in a jeep or sleep in the dirt; you can do both legally at the Racetrack.
    That's what I'm aiming to do...
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    Re: Concerns Re Overnighting at Racetrack in Death Valley

    Forget about heating rocks Richard!

    http://www.lasvegasescorts.com/

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    Re: Concerns Re Overnighting at Racetrack in Death Valley

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Petronio View Post
    Forget about heating rocks Richard!

    http://www.lasvegasescorts.com/
    What the....what are those?!?!? We don't have them in Canada...Are they the ones that secretly get the playa rocks moving?
    When I was 16 I thought my father the stupidest man in the world; when I reached 21, I was astounded by how much he had learned in just 5 years!

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    Re: Concerns Re Overnighting at Racetrack in Death Valley

    This is good advice about camping at Racetrack Playa. I've spent quite a few nights at the campsite a mile or so south. Watch out for nails - the campsite is in part built on an old mine site and nails from demolished buildings abound on the roads connecting the camping places.

    The best rocks are at the south end of the Racetrack so the campsite is handy. And you don't need to be at the Racetrack super early. It takes the sun a little while to rise above the mountains to the east and illuminate the Racetrack floor. The quality of the dawn light is quite interesting.

    From the parking area at the North end of the Playa, you can hike up the side of mountains to the west and see and impressive overall view of the Racetrack.

    Jets from NAS China Lake use the Racetrack for practice. I've often heard sonic booms there and had one jet buzz right over me flying "on the deck".

    It is a good idea to check in with the rangers first to get a bead on road and camping conditions. Unless you are there at peak holiday times i.e. Easter Break there is usually nobody or just one or two people at the campsite.

    I've experienced extreme weather at the Racetrack with freezing temperatures, snow, sleet and extreme winds during the winter. This isn't usual - but it does happen with some regularity. Us Canadians blame the moving rocks on these conditions. I always carry a shovel, tire repair kit, tire chains and lots of extra food and water when I'm on the back country roads.

    Make sure you are prepared for the costs if you need to get a vehicle towed out of the back country.

    If you are really a skilled back country driver you can turn east at Teakettle junction and exit south out through Saline Valley. I did this drive some years ago, camping along the way. Challenging and spectacular in places.

    Cheers,
    Bill - one of those Canadians

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