I have visited the South West a few times, twice I took a few days off from work (after a work trip), then rented a car and did as much exploring as I could do. With more time up my sleeve I would definitely do more camping and exploring in the area.
- Death Valley, Trying a back route to the Racetrack Playa. It was the toughest and riskiest off road drive I ever done. I was driving on back road into the park, parts of the road were covered in either thick mud, or icy water, and some parts were very steep. Some hairy moments but I somehow made it through (although the rubber on one of the suspension coils had melted!). Seeing the moving rocks at Racetrack Playa was nice, although the mystique of them has recently been removed as a theory explaining how these large rocks are ‘dragged’ across the lake is becoming accepted.
- Joshua Tree NP – remote scenery with some interesting looking trees, some nice remote day hikes.
- Admiring the massive wind farms near Palm Springs. In some of the valley there are literally thousands of wind farms.
- Admiring the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain ranges, especially around Big Pine, Mammoth Lake and Lake Mono.