Journal archives for February 2016

February 23, 2016

Death Valley Bio-Blitz planning

Dear iNat Bay Area friends - I am not sure how to set up this conversation in an easier manner. I don't think all of you are on Facebook, nor do I have everyone's email, so this will have to do. If you don't want to be a part of this discussion, let me know and I can edit out your name. Also, feel free to add names of others who might be interested.

The Death Valley Bio-Blitz is scheduled for Saturday March 12, 2016. I have all day free on Friday March 11 to do the drive, and room for three people in my Toyota Camry, in addition to myself. If we have more than three Bay Area people who want to carpool, we will either need a larger vehicle, or have two car caravans!

I have made two hotel reservations - one for one room at the Motel 6 in Beatty Nevada; a second for two rooms at the Comfort Inn in Lone Pine California. For those of you unfamiliar with the geography of Death Valley, the Lone Pine CA location will require a 1.5 hour drive to the Salt Creek location on Saturday morning; the Beatty location will require a 45 minute drive. However, Lone Pine is two hours closer to our Bay Area starting point. I made both reservations because rooms are already at a premium at both locations. Assuming we can get three people to a room in either location, the cost for those who want to stay at a hotel would be about $30/night. Simply put, I don't do camping. There's a reason I was born in the 20th century - indoor plumbing and easy access to diet cola. If there is a subset of people who are eager to camp, you can discuss that here, I suppose.

I'd want to leave early on Friday, ca. 7:30 or so, both to avoid traffic and to build in an opportunity to make a few strategic stops for, well, iNat-ting! My starting point would be Palo Alto or San Jose. I would need to be back by Sunday night, no later than 10:00 pm.

OK, so let's start discussing practical logistics!

@leslie_flint, @dpom, @robberfly, @kestrel, @sea-kangaroo, @loarie, @kueda, @rebeccafay, @natureali

Posted on February 23, 2016 17:42 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 70 comments | Leave a comment