Here are some final facts and tidbits. Print it
out and tuck into your car. Be sure you print
out a map too, if you need one. Forward to new
Location and directions:
Latitude and Longitude (altitude 4400 feet)
+35° 2' 36.00", -115° 23' 45.00"
Get Google directions from here http://is.gd/tKhT
Here are several maps:
are staying Black Canyon Group Campsite adjacent
to Hole-in the Wall campground. You can see this
on all the maps. Group campsite: Vault toilets,
trash receptacles, potable water, fire ring,
grill, picnic shelter with tables. Fees $25 per
group per night. (Fri night paid by Jane, Sat
night paid by Hanna)
More directions: http://www.nps.gov/moja/planyourvisit/directions.htm
Mojave National Preserve is located east of
Barstow, Calif., between I-15 and I-40.
From I-15: Exit Kelbaker Road at Baker, Calif.,
or Zyzyx Road, Cima Road, or Nipton Road.
From I-40: Exit Kelbaker Road, Essex Road, or Goffs Road.
Directions to Hole-in-the-Wall and Mitchell Caverns
From I-40: Exit Essex Road and drive north 10
miles to the junction with Black Canyon Road.
Mitchell Caverns is 6 miles northwest of this
junction on Essex Road. Hole-in-the-Wall is 10
miles north on Black Canyon Road.
Jane and Mojo will arrive Friday afternoon.
Hanna Strauss, Bill Read +1, Mike Cipra (NPCA),
Dave Lanfrom (Mojave National Preserve
superintendent), Carolina +3 from JPL, Gary + 1
from JPL arrive Friday. Gay + 3 from JPL maybe
Saturday: Some of the above - I think Mike and
Dave are Fri night only. Add Todd, probably not
Caroline (hope your dad is better, C). Becky,
Angela +3. Possibly a few more late invitees.
Lots of room in the campground. So it's ok to
invite a few others. It's a fun event, don't
worry if at the last minute you can't make it.
Those things happen. It's not work! ;-)
(check back in the next few days for updates)
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
Astronomy Weather (forecast partly cloudy for
weekend at the moment, check back Thursday)
Herping outings: (notes from Hanna) "The desert
still won't be too hot; in fact it would be
ideal to do some day herping to see various
lizards (including chuckwallas), desert
tortoises, and diurnal snakes. It should be warm
enough in the early evening for the nocturnal
species to come out to hunt and thermoregulate
on asphalt warmed by the sun during the day. You
can also do lantern walking at night around the
campground and road to look for stuff. At night
you are more likely to find interesting stuff:
shovelnose snakes, leafnose snakes, glossy
snakes, longnose snakes, rosy boas, banded
geckos, sidewinders, scorpions,
tarantulas,kangaroo rats. pocket mice, solpugids,
bats,desert cottontails, nighthawks, kit foxes,
coyotes and jack rabbits. Roadcruising for Herps
(with a driver and a few passengers will be
arranged with Hanna)
A good pocket guide is Western Reptiles And
Amphibians by Robert C. Stebbins. It is published
by Houghton Mifflin
What to bring:
Layers - it will be in the 80's in the daytime,
40's-50's at night, so prepare for all these
temperatures with layers
Shoes - hiking boots, ankle support to walk among
the rocks. Remember there are cacti and desert
dwellers afoot. Those going on herping walks will
want proper foot covering, for sure.
Sun - Sunscreen and hats and plenty of drinking water
Food - (closest store is probably Barstow - not a
quick drive to/from the campsite): Let's help
Hanna (she may be the only herpetologist) with a
fun Saturday potluck and Sunday breakfast - bring
some side-dish - fruit-etc things to share if
you want for Sat night and main meal (aka
meat/whatever) for yourself. There will be a
couple camp stoves. Easy on desserts - if
everyone brings some to share there will be way
too many desserts - keep it simple for desserts
warns Hanna. Bring some drinks (OJ, milk, etc,
for breakfast). Hanna is bringing coffee, and
offered pancakes, but if she is the only
herpetologist this may be too much for her - I'll
send an email about food tomorrow - everyone send
me some food ideas if they have them, so everyone
doesn't being the same thing......If you are not
bringing a stove, share what you can prepare
without a stove (except for you meat or whatever)
We are bringing simple stuff like mac 'n cheese
+tuna. I'll bring tea bags, hot chocolate, coffee
to share, too. :-) Cutting or collecting any
wood, including downed wood, is prohibited. All
firewood must be brought into the preserve.
Astronomy Etiquette (aka keep white lights away from telescopes)
Safety is first, but white flashlights damage
everyone's dark adaption. Bring flashlights to
get from here to there. Always point flashlights
at ground not at peoples eyes. Cup your palm
around the light to diffuse it. If you want to
use smaller flashlights near the telescopes I
have red tape to put over the light. And extra
red flashlights to share. I'll have the red tape
at the telescopes and at my tent. Big lanterns
are ok in your tent and out walking at night away
from the telescopes, but not at the telescopes.
You'll want to walk around looking for critters,
do that away from the telescopes. :-)
Car lights There will be cars coming and going to
take people "roadcruising" down the road at
night. It's a way to see more herps by covering
more territory. It would be a good idea to
leave the cars away from the telescopes/dining
pavilion at night. It is impossible to get all
interior car lights off, so at night if you are
going to get in and out of your cars, it would be
good to park away from the telecopes. Shouldn't
be a problem. :-)
Camping Rules and Leave No Trace Guidlines from
Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
JPL - 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 230-205
Pasadena, CA 91109 818-393-6435
Cassini SOC http://soc.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm
What's Up? http://education.jpl.nasa.gov/amateurastronomy/index.html