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Old January 27th, 2020, 18:20
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I’m game to go anywhere. I’d be glad to do Big Bear again, or Calico. Great wheeling either way. I’ve never been to Panamint, but I’d sure like to check it out. Same with Joshua Tree, fees be damned. I’m just hoping it’s not the weekend of May 1 to May 3, because if it is I am out. Going turkey hunting with my son in Red Bluff that weekend. Gobble gobble.

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Old January 27th, 2020, 18:48
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With regard to National Park fees, there are a couple of ways to get around them: Fourth graders and seasoned citizens.

Any fourth grader should have a National Parks Pass. The "Every Kid in a Park" program has been doing this for years. A kid with a pass gets his family (or whoever else is in the vehicle) in for free.

Any seasoned citizen should get their lifetime National Parks Pass. You pay once and you are good for the rest of your life. And, like the fourth grader, everybody else in the vehicle gets in for free. At the 35th anniversary event in Moab SandySteve was trail leader for the Lathrop Canyon run. He wanted to do that run via the Schafer Trail (definitely the best way to do it), but knowing that involved going into Canyonlands and thus needing park passes he rounded up three seasoned citizen friends of his and brought them along for the ride so that they could be available to hop into anyone else's rig as a passenger and help defray the costs.
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Old January 28th, 2020, 12:03
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What about the other 90% of us who dont own a fourth grader, and no old person in their right mind want to spend a whole weekend with me.
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Old January 28th, 2020, 12:27
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Just out of curiosity, I went back as far as I could in the "Past Events" area to see when and where past SoCal Fests have been held. This is what I found:

2019, started 3rd Fri. in May, Big Bear
2018, started 4th Fri. in April, Calico
2017, started 1st Fri. in May, Big Bear
2016, started 5th Fri. in April, Big Bear
2015, started 1st Fri. in May, Big Bear
2014, started 1st Fri. in May, Big Bear
2013, started 4th Fri. in April, Big Bear
2012, started 4th Fri. in April, Calico
2011, started 3rd Fri. in May, Big Bear
2010, started 1st Fri. in May, Big Bear
2009, started 1st Fri. in May, Big Bear
2008, started 1st Fri. in May, Big Bear
2007, started 1st Fri. in May, Big Bear
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Old January 28th, 2020, 16:11
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if you enter Joshua Tree off of the I-10 freeway you can get out of paying the fees.After you pass the entrance gate you take the Old Dale mine road, they have a lot of old mines an stuff to check out. We just find a canyon to set up camp for the night. Google it and see what you can do. Haven't found anything hard to do, just driving around to the mines. We have found some with the tracks still on the ground.

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Old January 28th, 2020, 16:52
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if you enter Joshua Tree off of the I-10 freeway you can get out of paying the fees.After you pass the entrance gate you take the Old Dale mine road, they have a lot of old mines an stuff to check out. We just find a canyon to set up camp for the night. Google it and see what you can do. Haven't found anything hard to do, just driving around to the mines. We have found some with the tracks still on the ground.

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Yup...do it every black Friday from Berdoo canyon and exit at the north.

My earlier comments were only pertaining to SoCal Fest. J tree is NOT a good location for people wanting to bring campers, tow rigs, buggies, etc. Also the camping is great...but not family friendly for most...dry camping is an acquired taste.
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I have done the Old Dale Mine Rd and some of the various mines. The Varmints are accustomed to dry camping such as that. But I will grant that it is not for everyone, and would be particularly challenging to set up dinner and a raffle out there.

OTOH, we wouldn't have to worry about someone coming around and complaining about too many rigs in one site.
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How does Calico the weekend of May 16-17 sound? Sorry I haven't been on the back to this but I have been out of town for work and then spent a weekend out in Calico with my boys. I'm going to get the thread created ASAP
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How does Calico the weekend of May 16-17 sound?
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Marking it on my calendar now.
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damn, i was looking forward to big bear this year.
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How does Calico the weekend of May 16-17 sound?
Don't see why not.
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