T minus 9 hours and counting.
Final loading of SMB Mountain Rover is complete and the launch vehicle's electrical system is on internal power prior to the 0600 Thursday pre-dawn lift off of Mission #4 to Death Valley National Park.
Local weather is expected to deteriorate slightly near launch time, with scattered snow showers coming into the area with a low of -2 degrees Celsius at Casa Eduardo, but still within acceptable mission parameters. Good weather is needed not only for the three early morning crossings of the Continental Divide on I-15 while leaving the Northern Rockies, but also to allow the SMB to successfully transit the Salt Lake City Metroplex prior to the late afternoon gridlock.
Hopefully the SMB and it's two man crew will be cruising in the open desert south of Provo before 1600 hours Thursday on their way to a late arrival at Cedar City Utah.
On Friday, it's on to Furnace Creek and Death Valley by mid-afternoon. Thanks everyone for their advice on campsites, and we will be seeing you again upon re-entry in ten days.
2006 Baja Tan SMB 4X4 EB50 PH 6LPSD
Mohawk Royalex Solo 14 foot canoe (light white-water)
Mad River Kevlar Explorer 17 foot canoe (flat water)
Dagger Royalex Legend 16 foot canoe (white-water)
Maravia New Wave 13.5 foot raft (fishing and white-water)