- Teotwaki (Jim) 4Runner & trailer
- KJP1969 (Kevin) Bronco
- TeraWanderer (Alan) Frontier
- ETAV8R (Eric & Jane) Tacoma with FlipPac
- Linus with the coolest vintage Land Rover
- Stuck (Bill) FJ Cruiser
- CnynRat (Dave & Jodi) FJ Cruiser & trailer
Friday: drive towards Lone Pine and congregate by 12 Noon at the Brown Monster & Reward Mines
Originally called the Eclipse mine and then the Brown Monster mine. The Reward mine supplied the largest trove of gold in Owens Valley. The mines were active from 1860 to 1936. The town of Reward served as a trading center for the mines in the valley and had a post office from 1900 to 1906.
KJP1969's writeup is here: http://mandamus.typepad.com/onefullplate/2008/06/expedition.html
It is located roughly across from Manzanar: http://www.nps.gov/manz/ about 6 miles east of 395 on the west slope of the Inyo Mountains. Manzanar is 9 miles north of Lone Pine and 6 miles south of Independence in the Owens Valley, about 226 miles from "Los Angeles" and 200 from San Bernardino.
Interesting article "Minerals of the Reward Mine Or What’s in a Name?" by Walt Margerum http://www.mineralsocal.org/bulletin/2005/2005_mar.htm
The Highway 395 Manzanar-Reward Road intersection is at 36.7343659N 118.1500304W, proceed roughly NE, cross the old 1940's Manzanar airfield, cross the bridge over the canal and keep going to where the road goes NE at 36.739675N 118.0663562W at the intersection of 3rd Road and heads up the slopes of the mountains. other Link(s): http://www.ripleysghosttowns.com/inyo.html
We planned to spend the afternoon carefully examing the two mines and then have the first of two potluck dinners. In our preparations for this trip we exchanged quite a few emails about potluck dinners so it is always important to keep in mind how a great meal can cap off a day of outdoor activities. One of the mine structures, carefully perched in the steep terrain. Note the hiking trail that passes around it.