|10-15-2007, 03:52 AM||#1|
Tuna Gatita Blanca
Joined: Dec 2005
Location: A bolcano near you
Adventure Kitty's 20 Mule Team Adventure Part 1
Ummm...hello! This is a aventure that did not turn out exactly the way I planned but that's what makes it a aventure!
Back in the 1800s, aventure mules used to go on aventures by themselves. One of their favorite aventures was to go from bolcano to bolcano. They used to leave KFC in Mojave then head across the desert to Pilot Knob (because it looks like a bolcano and is surrounded by old bolcanoes). From there they would go north to Ubehebe Crater which is a bolcano, then north to Mammuff Mountain which is another bolcano.
On one of these trips, somebody in Mojave noticed that the mules always had soap on their feet when they got there. They asked the mules where the soap came from so they took them out to it. It was just laying on the ground everywhere! So they started filling up wagons on their aventures and bringing it back to Mojave. That's how the 20 Mule Team was born.
They took so much soap out of the ground that they dug Deaf Valley! Deaf Valley is very deep so it's harder to get to Ubehebe Crater today. If you ride around out there you might still see some aventure donkeys though! Just remember that Borax is aventure soap that we owe to donkeys going on bolcano aventures!
October 6th, the city of Boron was celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mule Days. It was a day to honor those teams of mules who did so much work digging Deaf Valley! Being guests of honor I had to make sure that my mule team was there. It was also a good time to take them on a aventure on the original 20 Mule Team route.
This is the thread leading up to the aventure:
The original route starts in Mojave, Ca. This is a picture from a past aventure but I included it here because you can read the plaque better. This is in front of KFC. After 20 days in the desert I guess the mule teams just wanted some chicken fingers and a soda so they ended their trail here.
This is the morning of the aventure! You can see the windfarm (where they make wind) on the hills in back. They put them there so people can cool off when they come here to see where the mule aventures started!
This is about 3 miles from town. They built Mojave Airport right over the trail. KFC is on the other side of the airplanes. That's about 1 mile of the trail on the other side of the fence. That's Highway 58 crossing the trail next to the fence.
This is looking the other way toward Pilot Knob. I got all of my baby mules out and hooked them up for some pictures! I took them on a short aventure on the original mule team trail. They had a good time. It was very nice! We came back here later in the day to take our motorcycles across the aventure trail!
After the photos, we rode to Boron to meet up with some other Aventure Riders. That's Mr G, SpaFxr and LKN4DRT.
When we found the mule team getting ready for the parade, my baby mules started heading out to visit them. People liked my baby mule team and wanted pictures of them too! They understand aventure in Boron!
This little boy came over and petted my baby mules. He said that they are very nice and not big like the other mules!
The mule team getting ready to pull a set of the original Borax wagons down 20 Mule Team Road in the parade. These are first class aventure mules! They normally live on the back of Mammuff Mountain and take people on Sierra aventures!
They live at Red's Meadow where I got to visit them on the WMRS ride last year. The reason they live there is because Mamuff Mountain is on a bolcano and bolcanoes mean aventure!
I went over and said hi to the front mules (Donkey Hotey De La Uno and Donkey Hotey De La Dos). I told them the only mule joke I know:
Donkey Hotey De La Uno liked it but Donkey Hotey De La Dos didn't think it was very funny.
Here they are just about to start the parade! They told me that the day before the parade, they got to pull the wagons all the way to town from the Borax mine 3 miles away. I wish I could have seen them pulling the wagons over the freeway!
And there they go on their aventure! It was a short aventure. They went down the street and around the corner to the park.
Here are two MewTube videos of the mule team in the parade. The first is the team going down the street. The second is the team making the corner. When the team goes around the corner, the back mules have to step over the chains so that wagon can keep going straight. Mules are very smart!
Oh well, BYE!
Linky to my other aventures (they are very nice!)
Adventure Kitty screwed with this post 10-15-2007 at 12:59 PM
|10-15-2007, 09:02 PM||#6|
Joined: Aug 2004
Location: Soviet Monika, Ca
Thanks for posting this fun event. You're one unique adventure dude.
Nine five O A
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|10-15-2007, 09:25 PM||#7|
De Jo Momma
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: 20 Mule Team Trail (Palmdale, Ca)
Ultimately, it was my fault because I helped her with the credits. Good catch though.
|10-16-2007, 07:34 AM||#10|
Property of Hayduke
Joined: Sep 2006
Location: on the couch pm'ing Hayduke
This is your best report yet Adventure Kitty! I loved the slide show, it had Hayduke and I laughing till tears squirted out our eyes!! I can't wait for part two!!!
|10-16-2007, 07:37 AM||#11|
Joined: Jun 2004
Location: Salida, coloRADo
GREAT slideshow, Adventure Kitty! Very appropriate music!
I always look forward to your reports and pics!
|10-16-2007, 07:44 AM||#12|
Travel is education...
Joined: Nov 2006
Location: Was Denmark. Now USA, Canada & Alaska on KTM950ADV
Can't take anymore....
See you off the road...
'06 LC8 950ADV
'04 YZF (450) needs engine...
|10-16-2007, 09:23 AM||#13|
i can haz a motrsykle?
Another gem, AK! Thanks for posting and getting all your mules together to make the video - it wa awesome!
Ninja Skillz... I haz dem.
Eat to live, don't live to eat. - VelvtRide, 2011
|10-16-2007, 09:32 AM||#14|
Joined: Jul 2005
Location: Aurora, CO
Yeah! My favorite Aventure Kitty inviting us all along on another aventure!!
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