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Old 02-24-2013, 09:14 PM   #29
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We were thinking about coming down for this event with our AS. We both love rockhounding and this is right up our alley. We would like to invite our friend who also has a trailer but is not an Airstream. It's actually an old 13' Perris fiberglass pod...shaped like an AS but white instead of silver. Would this be a problem? She is a lot of fun and a great cook!
No of course it's not a problem. The more the merrier. The 5 or 6 friends who will be coming with me jus have tents and no airstream so it will be a "mixed group" anyway!

I'm interested in checking out this FiberStream you speak of.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:31 AM   #30
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Howdy!

We've stayed at Willie Well's a couple of times after leaving Quartzsite, nice boomdocking. The last time we were there which was a couple of years ago they did still have a hand pump you could pump water from. We also dug for fire agate near by, and found a few just lying on the ground. Watch out for snakes that time of the year. We used our ATV and did alot of riding while there.

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We are in! Anyone else planning on being there on Thursday?
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:30 AM   #32
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We are in! Anyone else planning on being there on Thursday?
FYI We'll be there late Thursday, but if it is getting really late, we will probably just stop at Cottonwood in JTree instead, because then we could get a quick early morning hike in before driving the last hour.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:30 PM   #33
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We will probably be there Wednesday or Thursday...of course it may be Friday too if we see something we want to do on the way!
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:09 PM   #34
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FYI We'll be there late Thursday, but if it is getting really late, we will probably just stop at Cottonwood in JTree instead, because then we could get a quick early morning hike in before driving the last hour.
I'm not familiar with Joshua Tree Nat. Park campgrounds. Is it easy to find a spot (25' trailer) on a Thursday? How hard would it be to get parked late and night, in the dark? Gears turning here when you mentioned that hike. Hmmmm.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:33 PM   #35
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We are going to try and make the trip (work permitting). Any idea how long it would take to get there from LAX on a Friday leaving around 2:00 pm? If we left by 3:00 would we get there before sunset? Becky thinks she could be home Friday between 12:00 and 1:00, but.......
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:51 AM   #36
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I'm not familiar with Joshua Tree Nat. Park campgrounds. Is it easy to find a spot (25' trailer) on a Thursday? How hard would it be to get parked late and night, in the dark? Gears turning here when you mentioned that hike. Hmmmm.
Thursday, no problem at all. If it was a Friday or Saturday you would be stuck with leftovers, meaning you might not get a good length. But Thursday, the place will be practically empty. It is only 15 minutes off of I-10 to the campground, there are 62 first come sites, $15 each, and they even have water.

We would probably do some hike to the lost palms oasis and mastodon peak around 8am and then head out again. Others are welcome to join.
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:56 AM   #37
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We are going to try and make the trip (work permitting). Any idea how long it would take to get there from LAX on a Friday leaving around 2:00 pm? If we left by 3:00 would we get there before sunset? Becky thinks she could be home Friday between 12:00 and 1:00, but.......
I think those two times will make a huge difference in terms of total trip time. At 2pm, you are probably still sneaking out the 60 or 91 before it becomes a nightmare. But if you haven't passed Ontario or corona by 3pm on a Friday I would add at least an hour to whatever google estimate. I am also putting together a map of the area with instructions on how to get to the campground so that anybody who arrives after dark can actually make it in, in case that helps with the decision.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:19 AM   #38
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Looks like we'll be stopping well before Joshua Tree on Thursday night. The current plan is to get to Inland RV in Corona on Friday morning to pick up a well needed AC shroud (and avoid large item shipping charges). So we'll likely be spending the night somewhere between Bakersfield and San Berdoo. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:51 PM   #39
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Reminder of First come, first serve Campground

I just wanted to reiterate something I posted earlier because ever since I put together a rally ad, I have been getting a few more questions regarding the campground specifics:

"If you mean can you just show up, or do you need to make reservations/ etc, this is a very simple boondocking campground, so no reservations are needed/ possible. This presents an inherent risk to trying to organize it as a "formal" rally, which is why this is just a camping adventure. If there isn't room, we can split the group over to a nearby Coon Hollow campground, and if that fails, there's always true boondocking in the desert (which is legal here and not much different than the "campground"). From conversation with the ranger office, there should be plenty of sites available this time of year. "

I will add instructions to the flyer that I mentioned previously which will have:
1. Directions from I-10 to Wiley's Well (15 sites)
2. Directions from Wiley's Well to Coon Hollow which we will use for overflow (29 sites)
3. Directions to the primary geode beds that we will use on Saturday.
4. My contact information (which may or may not work depending upon reception).
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Looks like we'll be stopping well before Joshua Tree on Thursday night. The current plan is to get to Inland RV in Corona on Friday morning to pick up a well needed AC shroud (and avoid large item shipping charges). So we'll likely be spending the night somewhere between Bakersfield and San Berdoo. Any suggestions?
We have not camped here but I Googled RV places near Corona and found Reche Canyon RV Park. Website is "rechecanyonrv.com"

It looks / sounds to be just fine, with spaces for overnighting.
AND, it is just a couple miles SE from Inland RV in Corona. Close by Friday morning, pick up item, head east while the traffic is going west!!!

We live in Hemet and have traveled to Inland RV many times in the past and driven the freeways there and know them well.

OBTW, we may be heading out to Wiley Well as well...have dug geodes there also many years ago. We'd go there early, maybe even Wednesday, and stay a day or two later. Or not. Maybe go elsewhere after, who knows?
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:57 PM   #41
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Thanks for the camping link! The freeway information is helpful too. We don't know what traffic goes where when.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:48 PM   #42
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I've been keeping tabs on this thread for months and it sounds great! Gonna grab my kids, digging tools, tons of water and hit the road from LA as early as possible on Friday. This will be my First time boondocking so I hope you all will look out for me and let me know when I am screwing up before I screw up bad.
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