Father Crowley Pt, Darwin, Darwin Falls
Took a little trip to the listed places this weekend.
Father Crowley Pt is the canyon picture. Star War fanatics should recognize the canyon as it was featured in one of the movies. The place is more known for being able to see F18, 16, 22's canyon dance through the narrows. On the approach to this location we were buzzed by an F18, am guessing about 200' above us, the pilot then rolled 90 degrees to starboard, assumed a nose down attitude, then dove into the canyon to do his/her thing. While there we did not get to witness anymore fly-bys but this was on a Saturday so really didn't expect a heavy flight day. So, werd up, if you want to see them fly through the canyon, Mon-Fri is your best shot. If on a holiday, forget about it, normally there is no flying by the military on holidays.
Darwin- Alrighty, this little desert gem was once a booming mining town. Then again, weren't they all? What one will see here is some very strange dwellings. One such dwelling, no pic, was where someone built what reminded me of a aircraft observation tower where one could climb up into and view the valley from. Why? Dunno because as most people will report when this visit this town, no humans were spotted. When you come to the only stop sign in town, if your windows are down, you will hear banjo music. At least for us it was true. Got out to take some pics and there it was, banjo music. Nice touch people, really nice.
From Darwin we took the Mighty Trailhawk and used it for what we bought it for, fire road exploration. Looking on Google Earth prior to going to these locations I noted one could take fire roads from Darwin, to Darwin Falls. One would think these two places, being of similar naming convention would be located next to one another. Welp, in the grand scheme of Death Valley, they are. LOL On this leg of the journey the shortcomings of the TH reared its head again and they are, lack of articulation and wheel well clearance. While climbing one hill the tires got bound up in places where others apparently had difficulty at the top of the hill and had dug it out a bit. We actually had to engage 4lo to get through this "obstacle". While navigating the obstacle you could feel/hear the tires rubbing in the wheel wells. It was at this point, and only point of this journey, we missed our JK, 37's 3.5 in. lift and so on. Left the wrangler at home because this was supposed to be a well traveled fire road! LOL. Once we located the proper road we had no further issues other than hearing a "ting" on the skid plates and one pretty good one on the RRO rock rails. The onboard navigation was USELESS during this leg as it only displayed part of the fire road. Rest of the time it had us being nomads. Gonna have to start carrying our Garmin for these instances. After some unplanned off shoots we finally made it to the falls.
Darwin Falls- about a mile hike each way to the falls. An easy hike as we saw one guy with a cane making, a bunch of geritol generation doing the hike and I myself am hobbled due to recent surgery. Some nice mud holes for the kids and dogs to play in too. For those that are more adventurous and able to make the addintional hike there is an UPPER fall. Do to my current physical limitation and being guarded by one of the "penguins", was not able to get to the upper fall. If one is not inclined to do the Darwin tour or desert nomading the falls can be reached from the CA-190 with about a mile of dirt road to traverse.
Other than the one incident the TH performed as we expected it would. This is not our first off pavement excursion with the vehicle as we have done most of Black Canyon, last Chance canyon and multiple roads in DV as well as have taken it to the Bristlecone Pine Forest and down Silver Canyon up near Bishop CA.