South Nopah and Kingston Ranges

PV4W club run to South Nopah & Kingston Ranges

By Denis & Sandi Inman

The forecast was for rain, but we didn’t get any precipitation until we were breaking for lunch at Crystal Spring off of Excelsior Mine Road and no significant rain until were were almost back in town at about 3:30. Brian, Jim, Jeremy and I attended the 6:50 drivers meeting and proceeded South on Homestead and across the dry lake at 7:00. Mesquite Valley Road took us to Western Talc Road where we explored the side trails and mines in that vicinity.

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Spring Mountains & Spanish Trail

Spring Mountains & Spanish Trail

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Jeremy put together a trail run and invited a few of his friends to come along. I was fortunate enough to be asked as well. Other invitees included Jim, Brian, John & Mike, Vic along with Mike & Patti. Our leader generously allowed me to run ahead of the main group at my own pace to set up for photos as the band of adventurers came up the trail.

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Amargosa & Crater Flat

Amargosa & Crater Flat

By Denis & Sandi Inman

On Wednesday, four of us set out to explore trails Northwest of Amargosa and across the 95 into the Crater Flat area on the border of Nellis Test Range.

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Crystal Spring & Wood Canyon

Denis & Sandi Inman

Several of us did a short local trail run to Crystal Spring and Wood Canyon to see what the conditions would be like after some snow and rain. There were 5 participants in 4 Jeep Wranglers. I led while Jeremy & Vic followed in Vic’s rig. Behind them were Brian and Rick. Our group did not encounter any snow to deal with along the way, but a huge bonus was that we experienced absolutely no dust.

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Snow in Carpenter Canyon

Denis & Sandi Inman

My friend Jeremy said he was going up towards Carpenter Canyon to see how far he could get in the snow and I asked if I could tag along. We had a little difficulty negotiating the track up to where we recently had the Spring Fling, but we were able to make it to the lower parking lot just shy of the very end of the trail.

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Mesquite Grand Canyon Parashant

Denis & Sandi Inman

Due to the length of the trip planned for Tuesday, our group of explorers left on our journey at 7:00 AM. We were down to only 6 Jeeps carrying me, Sherrie, Brian, Mike & Patti, Sel & Pam and Rick & Mary. After crossing the Virgin River, we headed Southeast on Lime Kiln Canyon Road, traversed the Virgin Mountains and entered Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.

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Mesquite Three State Trail Run

Denis & Sandi Inman

Eight Jeep Wranglers left the starting point in Mesquite Nevada at promptly 8:00 AM and proceeded North on the 15 Freeway where we shortly entered Arizona. The group exited the Interstate at Littlefield, drove through the town of Beaver Dam, continued North into Utah on Highway 91 and aired down at Mojave Desert Joshua Tree Road. Participants were Sandi & I, Brian, Mike & Patti, Sherrie, Rick & Mary, Dave, Sel & Pam and Ed was inhaling the most dust as our Tail Gunner. Once on the trail, the group turned North at Welcome Springs Road until we reached Lytle Ranch Road where our octet of Jeeps turned West.

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PV4W Fall Fling 2019

Denis & Sandi Inman

I should have been more explicit in the announcement that we would be leaving the Smith’s parking lot on Saturday morning at 8:00 AM. Unfortunately, not everyone understood that meant 8:00 AM Pacific Standard Time and several folks decided to air down as some others were beginning the trail run. Oh well, we all eventually made it up Wheeler Pass Road to the Wheeler Wallace Cut-Off where the plan was to reassemble and air down. The group started out as about 18 rigs but we had several vehicles turn back with minor issues along the way.

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Pahrump Trunk-or-Treat 2019

Denis & Sandi Inman

The Pahrump Valley 4 Wheelers arriving in about 7 or 8 vehicles assembled in the parking lot at Phantom Fireworks to distribute candy in the Trunk-or-Treat event held at that location. Members passed out over a thousand pieces of candy, possibly closer to 2 thousand to the children and parents of our community that wanted to take part in a safe Halloween event.

Beatty Days Parade 2019

Denis & Sandi Inman

There was a rumor that 13 member vehicles were in attendance at the Beatty Days Parade. I believe a couple more showed up after that count, however, I could be wrong. The Pahrump Valley 4 Wheelers had an abundance of time to decorate our rigs before the parade got underway at 10:00 AM and we used a large portion of that time to catch up on the latest news and happenings for those participating in the event.

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Beatty VFW Poker Run 2019

Denis & Sandi Inman

Sandi and I met Brian and Jeremy at Mel’s for breakfast at about 7:00 AM. The Pahrump Valley 4 Wheelers, for various reasons, arrived at the Beatty VFW 5th Annual Bullfrog Historical Mining District Poker Run check-in and starting area at sporadic times throughout the morning, but we waited for Mike & Debbie to finally show up before eventually heading out onto the trail. We had a total of 8 Jeeps, mostly Wranglers, led by Paul & Gary in a Grand Cherokee. Sandi & I inhaled the next least amount of dust in the second position. Next was Brian then Mike & Patti in their Gladiator. Jeremy was in the 5th spot, then came Rick & Mary followed by Bill & Shirley. Mike & Debbie with their big beer flag brought up the rear.

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Kingston Wash

Denis & Sandi Inman

Following a short 6:55 AM Driver’s Meeting, 5 Jeep Wranglers headed South on Homestead from Lakeside Casino. The participating club members were me, Derek, Jim, Gary & Sherry and Ed & Mary Lou. Just past the brothels, we crossed the dry lake on Mesquite Valley Road. Jumping onto Old Spanish Trail Highway, the procession followed the paved road Southwest for about 5 miles and then got back onto Mesquite Valley Road where we aired down.

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Titus Canyon

Denis & Sandi Inman

Promptly at 8:00 AM, 4 Jeep Wranglers and a Toyota 4Runner headed for Eddy World to begin a Titus Canyon run. I was flying solo as was Patty. Bruce & Cathy, James & Helen and Ed & Mary Lou came with us from Pahrump, Clint & Cheryl met us on the trail in their Wrangler. After topping off our tanks in Beatty, we traveled West on Nevada Highway 374 to the trailhead to air down.

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Death Valley North Side

Denis & Sandi Inman

Our plan for Tuesday morning was to top off our tanks just a little before the donut bakery that also serves breakfast biscuits, muffins and croissants opened at 6:00 AM. Unfortunately, after rising early and getting that chore accomplished, we were all standing around in the cold, drinking coffee and waiting for our morning bite. The pastry shop eventually opened on time and we had a quick snack before hitting the road.

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Death Valley West Side

Denis & Sandi Inman

In the first part of the Summer, my buddy Jeremy mentioned that he would like to do the Lippencott Trail into Saline Valley on the West side of Death Valley. I had a desire to reconnoiter that area as well, with the addition of Teakettle Junction and the Racetrack in order to cross those locations off of my Bucket List, but we waited until the weather turned cooler in order to start the trip. Jeremy brought his wife Deanna and we also invited Jim and Brian. This group had the components to make an extraordinary trail run; capable rigs, competent drivers and compatible people.

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