mud pots, Feb according to Google, Wister to Coachella to Chiriaco Summit
February 2023 according to Google
Pretty good, other than the non-existent trip to San Jose.
mudpots at Wister
The area is famous for a roving mud puddle and many smaller “mudpots”. These appear to be caused by CO2 rather than geothermal heat pressure.
We walked out using a separate path and came across an unfenced pot that was wetter and more active. Muffin needed to inspect:
Many short stays and moves. Not wasteful since they are all headed in the intended direction.
Wister to Niland boat ramp
The Niland boat ramp is a an unofficial campsite at an abandoned boat ramp (surprise!) at the Salton Sea. All of the structures there appear to have been pit toilets and similar.
Niland boat ramp to Coachella
I had an Amazon counter pickup in Coachella and intended my mail to meet me there. The mail was delayed so I ended up staying a few extra days and stealthing in town. It all came together after lunch and I headed toward the next stop.
Coachella to Chiriaco Summit
There’s not a lot in Chiriaco Summit: a cafe, gas station, an old gas station and a tiny community. The vehicle behind the old pumps appears to be a Model T-era truck since it still had wooden spokes.
There is also a General Patton memoria museum and a bunch of tanks. $15 admission, though. I’d scrape it up if I had some special interest but I don’t.
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