The route was mostly along the old Mojave road trail. We had four vehicles in the group: FJCruiser (Brad & Kash'a), VX (Alex & Oxana), Montero (Serg & Alex), Axiom (Oleg & Mike).
We got together on Friday night at Afton Canyon campground. The camp is located close to the old one-line Union Pacific railroad tracks. The railroad is pretty much alive - the trains are passing regularly.
Apache ? Mike and Serg are hiding behind the Montero.
Mojave river was unusually dry this year.
Oxana crossing the river:
This is "the caves" site:
"Mojave road guide" states that the road to the site is blocked by BLM. This is not true right now; there are no signs and no blocks, and the side road is very well used.
Serg is spotting for Alex & Oxana:
After the caves, we passed an old gold mine on the mountain slope.
Stop in the valley before Shaw pass:
Then there was the Soda Lake.
The travelers monument and the group:
Soda Lake crossing:
The other side:
Ghost of the past:
The Mojave road mailbox:
Mid Hills campground after the 2005 fire:
The group in the canyon:
New York mountains: