I was out there in March - it was cold as hell with the winds whipping cutting through my coat, making me feel brittle. We had just selected the Veteran's Memorial Park in Fernley as my dad's final resting place and I felt compelled to go north to the Balck Rock to clear my mind. I walked about 100 feet into the playa and it felt like I had entered another world. No sound but the wind, and no feeling other than the cold - it was very cleansing. I went back to the car and told my son to get out and walk out to where I was and just experience the desolation and honesty of the place. When he came back to the car all he said, very quietly, was - "That's powerful."
On a lighter note - Jungo road is brutal because of the fact that it seems to be coated with very sharp rock fragments that really enjoy causing flats, blind corners, and moron's doing 70 mph on a surface that u probably should not exceed 35 on.
Been on Jungo once, that was enough. 447 is the way I know. Avoid dark patches, "Lake Lahontan" moves with the wind and YOU WILL GET HOSED if you are not careful. Lake Lahonton is the remaining rain and meltoff water that scoots around the Playa until it is all evaporated or absorbed. Where it goes, vehicles go axle deep. I have discovered that if you gauge it just right though and hit a narrow part of it doing 70mph in a 72' VW bus that you can hydroplane just far enough so u don't sink....
Heh.... in playa veritas.
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I AM AN ASSHAT!!!
(Shooting for 2012 with my better half!)