Author Archives: Dick Dorkin

COPS Racing at the 50th Mexican 1000

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This is the daddy of all off-road races: the Mexican 1000. It started exactly 50 years ago by the National Off-Road Racing Association, the first sanctioning body dedicated to off road racing. The first event began in Tijuana and finished in La Paz, while this 50th Anniversary running would start in Ensenada and finish in […]

A Long Weekend in the Desert

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Our base-camp for a long weekend in the desert was about 60 miles east of Palm Springs, near the Red Cloud Mine Road. From there we could wander and explore large areas of eastern California desert. Links to extra-credit videos are near the bottom of the page. What the Red Cloud Jeep Trail would like […]

Christmas Morning in Sedona

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Normally we ride mountain bikes when in Sedona, but overnight on Christmas Eve the area received 4″ of fresh powder. Since there is nothing quite as spectacular as fresh white snow on red rocks, we abandoned the bikes for hiking boots and tennis shoes (as the case may be).

A Few Photos from the Baja 1000

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The 49th running of the SCORE Baja 1000 was held November 18 with 270 competitors planning to finish the 854-mile course. The race started in Ensenada running east to Ojos Negros, then back to the Pacific Coast and south to El Rosario. After a big loop in the desert, racers headed back up the Pacific […]

PCT • California Section Eye

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The Pacific Crest Trail runs 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada, climbing over 57 major mountain passes, 19 major canyons, and along the shores of more than 1,000 lakes. Elevation gained over the length of the trail is 489,418′ — that works out to a little more than 92 vertical miles. We seem to bump […]

Bodie Revisited

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“Miners, gamblers and business continued to flood the area and by 1879, Bodie boasted a population of about 10,000 and 2,000 buildings. Before long the town supported some 30 gold mines, 65 saloons, numerous brothels, gambling halls, and opium dens, as well, as a number of legitimate businesses, including three newspapers, several churches, a couple […]

Log Cabin Mine and the Snow Blasters

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The Log Cabin Mine is located at 9,600‘ in the Eastern Sierra Nevadas above the town of Lee Vining. The state-of-the-art mine was opened in 1910 and could extract and process the gold from the quartz ore, making it one of the highest-producing mines in California. The mine operated for around 30 years but was […]