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Old 04-10-2010, 08:21 AM   #16
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Nice report and it was really great riding with you guys!
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Old 04-10-2010, 08:38 AM   #17
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Darwin Falls

Darwin Falls :
Darwin Falls is a waterfall located on the western edge of Death Valley National Park near the settlement of Panamint Springs, California. Although there exists a similarly named Darwin Falls Wilderness adjacent to the falls, the falls themselves are located in and administered by Death Valley National Park and the National Park Service. There are several falls, but they are mainly divided into the upper and lower with a small grotto in between. At a combined 80 feet (24 m), it is the highest waterfall in the park. The canyon is walled by dramatic plutonic rock.
Darwin Creek is one of the four perennial streams in three million acre (12,000 km²) Death Valley National Park. Darwin Falls and Creek are fed by the Darwin Wash, which is in turn fed by the volcanic tableland of the Darwin Bench between the Inyo Mountains and the Argus Range. The small, narrow valley where the creek and falls are located features a rare collection of riparian greenery in the vast desert and is home to indigenous fauna such as quail. The falls themselves support several small fern gullys.
Darwin Falls, the Darwin Falls Wilderness, the nearby town of Darwin, California and all other areas named "Darwin" in the vicinity are named after Dr. Darwin French (1822-1902), a local rancher, miner and explorer.
Darwin Falls is accessible to the public. The falls are located in a small,narrow valley near Panamint Valley. Access to the trail to Darwin Falls is a dirt road located on the south side of State Route 190, approximately ¼ mile (400 m) west of Panamint Springs. The lower falls (themselves approximately 20 feet (6 m)) are accessible with a short hike through Darwin Canyon that become moderately difficult towards the end. While this access point is usually accessible with a 2WD vehicle, there is an option to drive further with a 4WD vehicle to a spot further along the path around the canyon. The upper falls are viewable with moderate climbing.

Sunday was the last day here for us and Darwin Falls was on my list of things to see before we left
But first we had to pack up all of our stuff before 10:00 a.m.

Nicole said she wanted to go too, so we threw her stuff in the back of the Suburban for safe keeping and headed out.

We knew we were going to do some hiking so we went AATGATT Almost All The Gear All The Time
7.2 miles round trip
+ a 1-1/2 ? mile hike

Leaving Panamint Springs Campground on the way to Darwin Falls (photo by Memnok)

Start of the hike ( photo by Nicomama )


Hiking to Darwin Falls ( photo by Nicomama )

Darwin Falls ( photo by Nicomama )


Different view with my cheap ass camera

Darwin falls hiking club (photo by innocent bystander) that was sweet talked by Nicole into taking this picture with Nicoles Camera


Justin and Nicole absorbing the beautiful scenery (we even saw a Duck in the pond no pics though )


The End!
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Old 04-10-2010, 08:52 AM   #18
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Nice report and it was really great riding with you guys!
Thanks cosmojoe
I/we had such a great time on that trip everyone we rode with that whole weekend
were just great people and we would love to ride with you or any of them again, anytime, anywhere

hey Were you the one on the DRZ with the blue jacket and was that you I gave a beer to somewhere near leadfield / Titus ?
sorry
I'm bad with remembering real names vs ADV names

Hope to see you there next year
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Old 04-10-2010, 09:27 AM   #19
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Love seeing those 225's running with the big bikes, XT,s are cool little bikes and alot more capable than a lot of people think.
Very good RR and the pictures are great.
I really need to try to make this one next year, looks like everyone had a blast.
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Old 04-10-2010, 09:31 AM   #20
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Yes, that was me you shared the beers with. When you asked me to open your pack and get the beers out, I figured it was for you and Justin, boy was I happy/suprised when you said one was for me!!! I owe you one...next time.
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:11 AM   #21
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Yes, that was me you shared the beers with. When you asked me to open your pack and get the beers out, I figured it was for you and Justin, boy was I happy/suprised when you said one was for me!!! I owe you one...next time.
I'll take you up on that
Yeah even though It wasn't as cold as I like them , that beer tasted Soooooooo damn good
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:24 AM   #22
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Love seeing those 225's running with the big bikes, XT,s are cool little bikes and alot more capable than a lot of people think.
Very good RR and the pictures are great.
I really need to try to make this one next year, looks like everyone had a blast.
The only place we had problems keeping up was going uphill on the very steep grades and
some of the flat open highways we were no match for the big bikes with 3X the engines we had
but we were with a great group that kept us in sight as we kept them from getting speeding ticket's

Yeah that's it
we could have gone faster but we didn't want to get caught speeding

Thanks for the comment's and try to make it next year, you won't regret it
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:33 AM   #23
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Excellent RR Keith. Nice meeting you and Justin in DV.
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:39 AM   #24
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Looks great all around.. but man, some of those rocky sections... I can't see how the big bikes go up there!! bike carnage all around

father and son rides are just precious!
I just wish I could have taken my 8 and 10 year old boys too!
then it would have been the perfect trip
The plan from the beggining was just to go look at it to see if anyone wanted to try it as a ride for the next day or next year
I was first up the Canyon so I just rode up it since we were there anyways

a couple of the big bikes tried

the best comment I heard was
"that looks way too expensive to go up"

we ended up turning around as planned

I'll do it again next time though, it was fun
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The only place we had problems keeping up was going uphill on the very steep grades and
some of the flat open highways we were no match for the big bikes with 3X the engines we had
but we were with a great group that kept us in sight as we kept them from getting speeding ticket's

Yeah that's it
we could have gone faster but we didn't want to get caught speeding

Thanks for the comment's and try to make it next year, you won't regret it

Some of the best rides are slow rides, you get to see more of the sights

I live only about an hour from the campground, I should have no excuse for not making it next year (my wife and kids might disagree with me )
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Old 04-10-2010, 12:07 PM   #26
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Here's a video that Toast made of the food and Campfire festivity's
including a great impromptu song Called BBQ that Davebro just busted out with - very entertaining

GOOD TIMES

Death Valley ADV ride campsite video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSQcW5LaQJ8

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Old 04-10-2010, 08:04 PM   #27
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Nice report.
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Old 04-13-2010, 09:46 PM   #28
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Forgot to mention that we used Sweet Cheeks for the first time

they made the ride sooo much better What a huge difference
Such a simple and great Idea it's a heavy duty cloth thingy that hold's Two 2-litre soda bottles filled water (or Whatever)
you put it over your seat so one bottle is on each side and it turns your skinny uncomfortable seat into a wider more tolerable seat check them out @ http://cycle-analyst.com/sweetcheeks.htm
probably the best $ spent on the bike so far
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Old 04-14-2010, 11:48 AM   #29
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Looks Fun

I hope to get my son out on an adventure ride soon, congrats. Joe
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Old 04-15-2010, 07:12 PM   #30
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Sorry about the pictures missing

Photobucket is screwing with me

They said the pictures will be back to normal April 21st

I'll probably be switching to Smug Mug by then
SmugMug seems to be better/easier
I Have to do some looking into that ?
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