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Jeepin’ to Crystal Mountain


Crystal Mountain Panorama (Click on the photo to enlarge) Our vehicles are on the far right.

On Monday morning several Crazy Horse residents (myself included) in three Jeeps and one Razor spend a half day in the desert. Our destination was “Crystal Mountain” — actually a spot along a power line mountain road where quartz crystals litter the hills.

We left at about 8:30 am and returned at 2:30 pm. It was one of the dustiest, bone-jarring rides of my life — I loved it. Anxious moments — getting too close to a tree and hitting a rock wall while navigating a narrow wash. I only hit the rock at about 5 mph, but it stopped the Jeep cold. Only damage was a scratched bumper.

Almost everyone in our group had years of experience driving in the desert, so I relied on them for navigating. There are no roads out there and GPS is pretty useless. Since our Jeeps (and the Razor) can kick up a lot of dust, it’s easy to lose track of the vehicle you’re following . . . and likewise easy to get lost out there.

One guy waited for me at a fork in the trail and signaled me when I took the wrong trail. Whew. If it wasn’t for him, I might still be out there driving around. Thanks Steve.

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