Once atop Lanfair Valley, we picked up our pace after the slow going mountain pass. The custom suspension on the vehicles made short work of the dirt before us and not long after another group came into view. So we slowed down to give them a good distance prior to stopping at the school bus for lunch and a much deserved cold beverage.
Off we set through the narrow and twisty “Joshua Tree Forest”
Another quick stop to get rid of that rattling change at the “Penny Can”
Lanfair Valley was epic. The flowers, cactus and joshua tree’s all in bloom made the drive through almost surreal. Amazing how much color the desert can have.
Having never done the drop into Rock Springs, this was the perfect time to do so. We caught back up to the group that was in-front of us and watched them descend the rutted out hill. It must be a “Jeep Thing”, as they required about 5 minutes each to get down to the bottom :D. We waited patiently until it was clear and sent the long travel Bronco and Ranger down first. No spotter. No critical line selection. No worries. Basically drove right down.
The girls giving us approval
Off to Rock Springs…
It was time for another small history lesson and to compare pics from prior times. Although I forgot the tripod and couldn’t get the exact angle, we tried to match it as best we could. Really cool to stand in the same area that many others have when the trail was in active use.
We relaxed a bit before heading to the Rock Springs Cabin. It was at this point that the weather starting changing rapidly for the worse. We noticed the fast moving clouds and darkness over the hill in the direction we were heading as well as sprinkles here and there.