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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Overnight at Della's, El Paso Mountains - "a face appeared from inside"

 We set up camp on a flat spot near the Last Chance Canyon Road at the site of Della Gerbracht's house.
What was once Della's home was razed and buried by the Bureau of Land Management. This has happened to scores of cabins and mine buildings in the California desert.
Photo credit: The 50th anniversary of the founding of the Parish of Randsburg, by C. John Di Pol
Della Gerbracht lived at her home in the El Paso Mountains for more than 30 years. Only a concrete pad remains as a monument to her life in the desert.
 After dinner we gathered around a campfire. When everyone retired to their sleeping bags I sat in the darkness and thought about what it must have been like to live at Della's camp.
 Dawn in the El Paso Mountans.
 About 30 minutes later a face appeared from inside the tent.
 After breakfast we drove West toward Burro Schmidt's tunnel.
 We parked near the tunnel.
 Josh and his sons walked through the tunnel and back.
Exiting the El Paso Mountains.

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