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General Trip Information

1. The Mojave River Valley Museum is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the scientific , cultural and historic heritage of the Mojave Desert (Museum membership required to attend a DE trip):

a. The Desert Explorers, who use 4WD vehicles and cover the Southwestern states.. The trips are led by numerous experienced desert rats. The Desert Explorers' newsletter is available for $10 a year.

2. You MUST be a member of the Mojave River Valley Museum to attend a trip. A Membership Applications is included here.

3. When you join a trip, you agree to abide by the decisions and directives of the leader throughout the trip or until such time as you inform the leader that you are leaving the group to proceed on your own. The leader may, if his decisions or directives are not followed, inform a participant that his participation in the trip is terminated.

4. The Desert Explorers is a family oriented 4WD organization. Spouses and kids are welcome. Friendly dogs are OK as specified below. Trips will meet and depart from somewhere near the trip route, usually not from the Museum.

5. To receive the Desert Explorers' newsletter, send $10 for a subscription to Tracy Wood, 11875 2nd Street, Hesperia CA 92345. Make the check out to Mojave River Valley Museum.

Communications: Desert Explorers are expected to have GMRS radio in the vehicle for communication and safety. We are no longer using CB radios for communications. Its a good idea to monitor it whenever you are driving so that other members can contact you should they spot your vehicle on the road.

Weekend Trips: There is usually one major trip each month. This will be the trip on which you can look around and find old friends, new friends, collect debts, flirt with other wives/husbands and lie about other trips. There may be another trip during the month for people who have time for it or can't make the main trip. The purpose of all this is to generate more coherence as a group and get everybody to know everybody. We stole this idea from the Mojave Desert Explorers. Don't forget their fixed-camp trips on the first weekend of the month.

Trip Coordinator: Mignon Slentz. Send your trip proposals to the Trip Coordinator listed on the contacts page.  The Trip Coordinator will resolve any time conflicts and maybe bug you if you are late with a promised trip write-up.  they will also coordinate private trips for subscribers upon request (see below).

Private Trip Point of Contact: We publish reports of subscribers' private trips in order to fill the pages, encourage you to get out into The Great American Desert, and to amuse and entertain you. Some trips, because of time or limited number of people, are not suitable for Official Museum Trip status. Our Trip Coordinator is the point of contact for people having or wanting to go on a private trip.

Potluck: There will be a Potluck on Saturday night of our weekend trips unless otherwise noted by the Leader.

Finances: The cost of preparing and mailing the Desert Explorers newsletter is covered by the annual subscription fee as are extraordinary out-of-pocket expenses by Trip Leaders or others, which are incurred as a result of Desert Explorer activities. These expenses include costs of telephone calls, office supplies and postage but do not include any travel expenses, vehicle damage or personal injures. Other extraordinary expenses must be authorized by the Executive Committee.

Hot Tips for Leaders:

1. The leader is responsible for sending the trip announcement and trip report to the newsletter editor. The write-ups should be detailed enough so the participants will know what to expect.

2. Try not to schedule trips on the first weekend of the month. This weekend is used regularly by the Mojave Desert Explorers for their outings.

3. Try not to use a reservation system or vehicle limits unless absolutely necessary. This will save paperwork for everyone. 

4. Support your other leader's trips (by attending) or the Trail Gods will get you.

5.. Leaders, remember GMRS radios operate on Channels 1 to 14, operate on 5 watts or less and channels 15-20 operate on 50 watts (handheld GMRS radios will not operate on the 50 watt channels).

Dog Policy:

Dogs can become a problem in camp mainly because of the large number of them and the sometimes blind eye of their humans. Therefore, and forevermore we will have a Dog Policy so that shy leaders will not have to make ad hoc policy.

1. Bringing a dog on a trip requires the ADVANCE PERMISSION of the Leader!

2. Dogs will be leashed/confined during happy hour & mealtimes.

3. People with dogs will be expected to clean up any poop in the campsite.

4. Dogs that fight, harass wildlife, eat small children etc., will be confined and banned from future trips.