Posted by Slim on January 07, 2003 at 13:36:55:
In Reply to: Panamint Springs posted by David A. Wright on January 01, 2003 at 01:22:32:
I agree with the previous comments regarding interaction with horse people. I camped 12/28 at Ballarat (was fun putting up my tent by myself in a heavy wind). I was the only one there. Prior to sunrise in the morning, hundreds of horses, trucks,trailers started gathering at the Ballarat parking lot/camp ground. They apparently came from Indian ranch. The people basically took over the whole place like they owned it. Noise dust. So much for solitude of the desert. The next night I settled into the campground at Panamint Springs. Got a camp site way at the end by myself so as not to be near RVs etc. Prior to sunrise, the horse people started ariving and filling the camping slots on all sides of me. Soon I had a truck, trailer, and RV parked adjacent to me with horses running around within 15 feet of where I was trying to cook breakfast. When I looked to say good morning to the horse owner, all he did was look at me and say "where's the water." I realize that all people have equal right to enjoy the area. However, in my experience, the horse groups tend to act like they own the place and could care less about others. Just my two cents worth.