Ray and Deryl's Story
For the All Night Hunt April 23, 2016, we headed off
from the start point at Ronald Reagan Park, in Diamond
Bar on the 80 degree heading give or take a few degrees
that seemed to be the consensus at the start point. We
went east on the 60 freeway following the signal until
we got out to Beaumont. We followed the direction
of the signal up to the Running Springs area. Going on
surface streets to the 330 to the 18.
Once in Running Springs, we narrowed it down to a couple
of blocks in a residential area. Eventually we
found the transmitter in a front yard amongst the
tulips. We spoke briefly with the homeowners and
headed out following the second transmitter
The signal was fairly weak but consistent. Big
Bear here we come. We turned on the road on the
north side of the lake. Not sure if we were going on the
maze of roads above Big Bear or out to the desert.
As we drove on, it became apparent that it was going to
be the desert. Somewhat relieved that we weren’t going
to be in the Big Bear maze, we rolled on.
Following the fairly straight forward signal we got to
hiway 247. Eventually turning on to a dirt road
(finally) heading thru Johnson Valley northward.
As we drove on a very good (mostly) dirt road, the
signal was strong but not increasing. This is not
a good sign, usually indicating we are not there and it
is a long way away. As we continued on heading
towards a ridge of low level mountains, the signal began
to weaken. It soon became clear that they were
beyond this ridge. We sat on Melville Dry Lake
contemplating what to do next. We were getting low on
gas and it was a long way to a gas station, we decided
to head back out to the 247.
We determined that the closest and best chance for
gasoline and food would be in Yucca Valley. We got
gas and then went to Applebee’s for lunch/dinner.
After looking at Google Earth and a paper map we decided
they must be off the 40. There was no direct way
there from where we were. By this time we had
driven over 200 miles. We figured it was going to
be another two hours just to get into the right area of
the transmitter. We made the decision to head
home. We went via the 62 and then the 10.
In the early stages of the hunt, I asked Deryl what
variation of All Day this was. Deryl said it was
the All Night. Neither of us felt that there was
much attention paid to which flavor of hunt it is
anymore. Well we were wrong, this looked to be an
actual All Night hunt. We just weren’t prepared to
go the distance.