We heard that the summer monsoons had changed the road conditions through Mengel Pass in Death Valley. Hmm.... MGM and HHH (byh) left Las Vegas, NV, on Saturday morning... ...to balloons. Headed towards Pahrump but turned left on Tecopa Road. Checked out the warm spring near Tecopa. First time it wasn't occupied by the usual clothing optional gang. Continuing north. We took West Side Road in Death Valley. Lots of silt beds. Hang on and give it more gas! Head west on Warm Spring Canyon. MGM cooling off at Warm Spring Camp. Onward. The summer monsoons have really changed the road/trail/goatpath. Not too bad heading towards Striped Butte. Striped Butte (background).