After hiking up Peak 5297 I spent the night in my car at this site at the edge of the playa. It was a suitably lonely, quiet place to camp. This view looks west.
Previous visitors had built a fire ring and added benches made from large timbers. Other furnishings included rusty mattress springs (at far left) and an empty bright green ice chest. Above and behind the fire ring is the dirt road leading to this spot from the "Crater Island road," which runs horizontally from left to right but is not visible.
On the ground around the front end of my car is a rodent-repelling barrier I built to ward off any critter than might want to get into my engine compartment. (More information about my rodent barrier is in the set of photos devoted to that subject.)
Ralph Tripod is taking a break between sessions of supporting my camera. Joe Tripod was relaxing in the car, as campsite camera support duties have been transferred to Ralph.
Photographed on October 13, 2009 before the start of my hike up Crater Island's Peak 5297.