Breaking in the New Rig “Titus” at Death Valley

After returning from our beautiful hike to Thousand Island Lake near Yosemite, we headed out immediately to Death Valley. Jenine’s birthday was on October 8th, and we wanted to spend it camped underneath the famous death valley skies! Death Valley was also going to be the place where we could truly test the capabilities of our new Sportsmobile.

After checking in with the visitor’s center and buying a 4×4 guidebook to Death Valley, we headed straight to a trail that looked interesting and would be a great place to camp (it was also the trailhead on the back cover of the guide book) – Echo Canyon.

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First off road trail - the amazing Echo Canyon

Echo Canyon was spectacular, it was so beautiful to be camped off road for the first time ever, with nobody around for many miles.

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sitting on the Rig

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Eye of the needle - Echo Canyon

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First night camping

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Jenine waking up to the sunrise

The next day we checked out some of the key sights like Zabriskie Point and the sand dunes.  Then we headed down a trail that would prove a little too rough for us, Hanaupah Canyon.  The two hours we spent on that trail nearly destroyed our bike rack and shook loose almost every bolt in the van, but it was fun and a good way to shake up the rig.

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Jenine posing - it's her bday!

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Zabriskie Point

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This trail shook the heck outta Titus, but was a great way to break in the rig

For Jenine’s bday we found a great camp out in public BLM land and cooked a beautiful steak dinner.

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heading out to find the perfect camp site

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Campsite for Jenine's bday

The next day, we woke up and Jenine did yoga until a big tarantula walked over to her mat 🙂

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Jenine's buddy the tarantula

After that we packed up, and headed to the Titus Canyon trailhead. This was going to be the best off road trail we could have ever imagined. It was 24 miles of awesome scenery and fun turns. Our SMB handled this course so well, that we decided that we are going to name our van “Titus” in honor of that amazing ride.

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Heading down Titus Canyon - best ride ever

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Jenine at the wheel of TItus

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More Vistas at Titus Canyon

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Getting into the Narrows

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Just incredible landscapes all around death valley

That night we camped in a old mining ghost town and left early the next morning for Flagstaff, AZ, one of our favorite mountain towns.  The Grand Canyon awaits us next!

Finally, here are some pics of the inside of the new Rig “Titus”:

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inside the our home

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Passenger seat swivels around to create an inside chair

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view from above (missing the bed which drops down)

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Bed in place up top

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Jenine's kitchen

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Still hit highs of 110 degrees in mid October

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Long road into Death Valley - at sea level

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buying to some very expensive gas in Death Valley 🙂 #sportsmobile

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The long lonely road

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First night camping

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Jenine at the dinner table

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First off road trail - the amazing Echo Canyon. #sportsmobile

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About to lock the hubs and go 4x4. Sportsmobile

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Echo Canyon - Eye of the needle. #sportsmobile

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sitting on the Rig

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At camp, testing out a pink light we got at burning man. #sportsmobile

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Sunrise, echo canyon

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Not a soul around for 20+ miles

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Jenine waking up to the sunrise. Camping in a #sportsmobile

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heading out to find the next days camp site. #sportsmobile

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Eye of the needle - Echo Canyon

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Zabriskie Point

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Above Zabriskie Point

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Jenine posing - it's her bday!

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This trail shook the heck outta "Titus", but was a great way to break in the rig

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Zabriskie Point

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Artist Pallet

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The sand dunes of death valley

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Sunset over death valley

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Campsite for Jenine's bday

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Jenine's buddy the tarantula

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Heading down Titus Canyon - best ride ever

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The road through Titus Canyon

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Jenine at the wheel of TItus

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More Vistas at Titus Canyon

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Getting into the Narrows

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TItus is doing great. #sportsmobile

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#sportsmobile

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Just incredible landscapes all around death valley

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Salt Flats below sea level

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inside the our home

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view from above (missing the bed which drops down)

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Passenger seat swivels around to create an inside chair

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indoor sink and fridge

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Jenine's kitchen

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Bed in place up top

What we are listening to – The new Alt-J!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One comment on “Breaking in the New Rig “Titus” at Death Valley
  1. Callice says:

    Great name for the Rig. Curious to hear what your kids names will be someday. Lol Amazing pics, everything looks so beautiful! Love and miss you guys!