Big sand tires were the vogue and the vehicles were largely Toyota Land Cruisers, Nissan Patrols, military Jeeps and Jeep station wagons. For emergency repairs , baling wire, duct tape, even a wad of chewing gum were considered basic necessities along with spare axles, chains, shovels and axes. It was a far cry from those early 4-bangers to the current powerful computerized engines.
Camping was mostly with tents, though one early member had an old Greyhound bus that had been converted into a “motor home“. These days off-roading has become so popular that motor homes and trailers are now in the majority with their conveniences and privacy. Open land and Trails were plentiful in the 60’s and 70’s. Davies Valley gave a glimpse into our mining history. Meyer Valley too, had a past which included mining, archaeology and even its own legend of a hermit who once lived in a cabin hidden away in a secluded palm oasis. Hauser Mt., Pine Valley, Coyote Canyon, Rattlesnake Canyon and the Carrizo Wash were explored with enjoyment. Many of the old haunts are no longer open to use. Finding new places has meant going further afield, but the challenge is being met and opportunities are opening up.