Lone Pine to……(part 2)

Death Valley. 200′ below sea level.   And we drove only about 80 miles of it ….   Badwater Creek, in Death Valley. Though not aptly named apparently, I didn’t taste it….   Bro Chris, tooling around……     Some Dam eh!     Same day, same temperatures –98 to 105 F—but arrival at Pirate’s Cove Resort Needles. Nice little wooden cabin at the edge of the beach next to the sea? No a nice plastic –all of it–“wooden” cabin, on a false beach spread over plastic sheeting on a man made inlet off the Colorado River. Outside temperature over […]

Lone Pine to Needles, via the Hoover Dam

As I am the chauffeur and often driving all day long, Chris is the camera and PR man, but it seems he finds it easier to post to his Facebook page than it is to post here so I had better catch up a bit…. Lone Pine, where we stayed on Saturday night, is in a long dry valley in California. It’s main claim to fame seems to be that many of the early Westerns were filmed there with actors such as Gene Autry, Clark Gable, John Wayne–a few films– but all of The Lone Ranger series! More recently Gladiator […]

Yosemite road out over top

Al Doyle, Arizona’s forgotten Guide.

Thanks are mainly due to one man, Al Doyle of Flagstaff, for the actual route that Chris and I are hoping to take in the Toledo, through the forest and along the old stage coach trail to the Grand Canyon. Mr Doyle also planned and went on the car on the original journey in January 1902; it was his local knowledge of cabins, creeks and the landscape that kept the party alive during the, unexpected, four day trip that had been planned as an afternoon out!   Credit should be given to my source of the Real West magazine and […]

Schedule of events planned at Flagstaff

Here is the wonderful schedule of timings and places that we intend to be at when we visit Flagstaff next week to do our re-run of the 1902 trip to the Grand Canyon.   Tom Martin, in Flagstaff, has put this together with some wonderful assistance from Brian Blue, and they even drove the route to check it out–and found a couple of hard places that we should avoid…… ¬†See the schedule here