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Old 03-18-2013, 12:26 AM   #57
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Peter...We are planning to arrive on Wednesday late afternoon and will probably be the first there. I will just find the campsite that suits us best, probably along the south loop, unless you have an area you would prefer to stay. I know there are some Cabanas in the central area, but I don't know what these are like. I am willing to try and save some spots if it is OK to do that...I know BLM is more easy-going about that than most other public campgrounds, but I'm not sure about the rules there at Wiley's Well.
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Steve, we will be right behind you. The current plan is to arrive Thursday evening. Not sure we can leave any earlier yet. Looking forward to seeing you guys again (Kirk Creek & the Jade Festival 2011).
See you both Friday morning after our hike then. We should get into the campground by lunchtime at the latest.

Steve, pick any area you would like. Thanks for any attempt to save spots. I tried calling the rangers a couple times and sweet talking them into letting me just take over, but they wouldn't budge. They did say that when I arrive, the campground host might let me pay for multiple sites up front if it is evident there is a group coming. So by Friday morning when there is 3 or 4 of us, we might be able to take it over.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:30 AM   #58
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Weekend Directions and Guide

Okay, as promised, a little guide I put together with all the directions and information.

As a disclaimer, this is mainly intended as a supplement. I also suggest perusing the links I put in the first post, or doing a simple google maps search of Wiley's Well Campground and surrounding area.

See you all in 6 days!
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:53 AM   #59
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We'll be arriving sometime Friday afternoon. Save us a spot if you can! Otherwise we'll just park wherever there's a flat spot. The shovels are already in the truck.
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I'm so bummed out that I can't be their with everyone. I hope that we plan another trip to the desert. Kenny
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:46 PM   #61
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I'm so bummed out that I can't be their with everyone. I hope that we plan another trip to the desert. Kenny
We'll do it again Kenny, I promise!
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:33 PM   #62
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If all goes as planned, we should arrive late Friday afternoon. Hope there are still sites available when we arrive. BTW, should we bring our bikes or save the weight? With the tools, generator, fuel, etc. we are pushing max axle weight on the Tundra. Finally, we are planning to bring our dog Heidi unless it is not safe for her, please advise....
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:59 PM   #63
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If all goes as planned, we should arrive late Friday afternoon. Hope there are still sites available when we arrive. BTW, should we bring our bikes or save the weight? With the tools, generator, fuel, etc. we are pushing max axle weight on the Tundra. Finally, we are planning to bring our dog Heidi unless it is not safe for her, please advise....
Probably won't need the bikes, but its your call. The campground isn't huge, and I don't think you'll want to bike around in the sand, but depends upon your preferences.

As for Heidi, this is the blurb from one of the websites regarding both campsites in the area:
"A word or two of caution has to do with pets such as cats and dogs. The area around the Mule Mountains LTVA is home to coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions, to which a pet on the loose may look very much like dinner. Rattlesnakes have been spotted right in the campground as well. So keep pets in your vehicle, or, when they must be outside, keep them on a leash and well supervised. Although I know of no one who has been harmed, common sense dictates especially careful supervision of small children."

I think it would still be fine, but just keep it in mind if you bring her.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:31 PM   #64
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We are here! Road in was wide and flat, but very washboardy...10 to 15 mph max. Secure everything well and don't open a beer as soon as you arrive! Wiley Well Camp is about half full right now, but some will be leaving Friday and Saturday, including the camp hosts. We are in site number 2 at the end of the south loop.

Weather is cloudy and breezy and about 90d. Open sites are dispersed, throughout, but the sites are large with a lot of open space between. We do have internet through out cell carrier Verizon, so I can check back intermittently to see if anybody has questions.

Last gas coming from the West is Chiracaria (sp?) Summit and they have both gas and diesel. We filled up with diesel at Indio at the last exit. There is a TA there. See you all soon!
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Thanks for the update! We were wondering about cell service, and internet, so that it really good news!

We are hitched up, and have a full tank of diesel in the truck. We both have to work a few hours in morning. Planning on being there around dinner time tomorrow.
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Our Verizon cell phone service is marginal but we do have Verizon 3g and its surprisingly reliable. We're grilling a large tritip for dinner Thurs night... plenty to share and it will be easy on you after driving all day.
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Thanks for all the great info Steve. We were going to come up tonight but Marie has come down with something so we are probably going to delay until early tomorrow morning, so that we can postpone the decision of whether I just go by myself. Just an FYI if you are attempting to save/ protect spots.

The 90 F temp scared me, but it looks like it is going to cool down to 87 tomorrow, and then low 80's the rest of the weekend, which is much more manageable for digging...Very dynamic desert weather recently. Strange.

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Hi all,

We should be on the road by 1:00-1:30 Friday afternoon. Hopefully traffic won't be too bad and that there will still be a campsite available when we get there tomorrow afternoon / evening. For those already there, how is the weather and does it look like there will be room for all of us? We will bring crab cakes and a couple of bottles of wine for the happy hour potluck on Saturday. Looking forward to seeing everyone!
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We should be at the campground between 3-6pm tomorrow.

Fridge died today. It worked for 44 years, so that's not so bad. Looks like it'll be coolers and ice for us this weekend.
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Jason,
Sorry about your fridge. We just took ours out to repair. We had to remove walls....it was a nightmare. Now that it's back in, we've discovered it's only half working (only works on electric not propane).
We found a used one of these on Craiglist for $40 and we've used it for the last year. It's a great substitute.

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