If you like history, geology, jeep trails, mines, you will love your summer in the desert and nearby mountains. Yes, it's hot sometimes. The locals escape by going higher into the mountains. You will find that there is alot more to see and do than you can possibly cover in a summer of weekends.
-On a hot summer weekend, I would head for Kennedy Meadows. It's less than a 2 hour drive, you can camp at 8,000+ feet, fish out of pristine streams, hike to hot springs, climb granite domes, run a challenging local jeep trail (Sherman Pass trail- google it). If you like dirt biking, they have an extensive single track system that is advanced (at least for me). Nearby is world class white water rafting as well. Need more?
-Drive a few miles to the Panamints and explore the old mines, Manson's old hideout, ghost towns. Need more?
-Drive up to Cottonwood Lakes Basin above Lone Pine. Hike in high Sierra, drop dead gorgeous scenery. More?
-Head on up to Bishop. Fish, hike, bike, jeep, dirt bike to your heart's delight in wide open country. Be sure to take a side trip to the ancient bristlecone pine trees atop the White Mountains before they close the road and turn yet another cool area into an inaccessible wilderness.
-Explore the north end of Death Valley. Visit the highest dunes in the US, see rocks that move, explore old mines, petroglyphs. Spend the night at the only (I think) nude campground/ hot springs inside a national park (my wife won't see this post, right?)
You get the idea. Get a cheap place to live, because you won't spend any time there anyway, if you do this trip right.
Originally Posted by Divinitous
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