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Afton Canyon Campground

June 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Astro Trips, Events, Featured

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Camping at Afton Canyon Campground was great (April 26, 2009). It’s about 30 miles northeast of Barstow right off the 15 freeway.  It was super easy to find and get to. You pretty much take one turn off of the 15 and drive about 15 minutes and run right into the campground.

Afton has been called California’s Grand Canyon. That’s a pretty bold statement, but it was interesting and nice too see so much variety in a Southern Californian landscape.

Unique to this area is the Mojave river that flows above ground right next to the campground.  You can see the river’s power as it slowly carved its way into the the surrounding hillsides.  A wonderfull sight is to see is the lone headlight of a Southern Pacific Railroad train speeding through the  dessert darkness. Just as soon as it lights up the bridge it will disappear back into the horizon from where it came. It reminds you how Jedediah Smith once crossed these same lands.

Astronomy-wise it was darker than Joshua Tree and the Riverside GMARS site. There were small light domes to the North from Las Vegas and to the Southeast from Barstow, but they were  small and not bothersome at all. It was pretty windy in the day as it was everywhere else the week we stayed there, but we were treated to great weather on our second night as the winds came to a stand still at midnight.

We lucked out and picked the first spot as you enter the campsite. This was a long thought out decision. We figured most campers would want to go deep into the campsite so we stayed on the outside. We were correct since the campsite became about 80% full and our side was the furthest away from campfire lights. There were a couple of campfires, but our site sat a little lower and there were some surrounding bushes (probably a scorpion lair) that protected us from the stray light. Playing 80’s rap music also helped keep people from venturing too close to our site.

Overall it was a great site and we had lots of fun. There were some mishaps, but those all count towards having an advenuture!

*we had to walk back a belligerent drunk to his campsite. Once again proof that not everybody can party like us . . .

Flying J

Fueling up at the Flying J in Barstow

Getting Close

Getting Close

Afton Road Exit

Afton Road Exit

Going the right way

Going the right way

Looking back towards civilization (the freeway)

Looking back towards civilization (the freeway)

The road in

The road in

Arrival

Arrival

The campsite

The campsite

The traditional drink upon arrival

The traditional drink upon arrival

The bridge over the Mojave River

The bridge over the Mojave River

Getting Dark

Getting Dark

Campfires light the Canyon

Campfires light the Canyon

A nighttime train

A nighttime train passes by

Daytime adventure. This road  . . .

Daytime adventure. This road . . .

or this road. This looks safe let's do it!

or this road. This looks safe let's do it!

Driving deep into the canyon

The end of the road, and begining of our peril.

Cave in the distance

Cave in the distance

The last thing we looked at before digging out our car for 3 hours!

The last thing we looked at before digging out our car for 3 hours!

Image from the trip - M13 Hercules Globular Cluster

Image from the trip - M13 Hercules Globular Cluster

Comments

2 Responses to “Afton Canyon Campground”
  1. Matthew Ota says:

    Great clear California skies…I miss them

    Matthew Ota
    Orange Co Astronomers 2000-2008
    Lebanon, New Hampshire

  2. i enjoy camping specially in dense wooded tropical forests. camping is a fun way to spend time with your friends too.”-:

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