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11/3/06, 11:03am
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The eastern side of the Sierra Nevada has all sorts of interesting places to explore. About an hour north of Ridgecrest the landscape becomes volcanic and there are old lava flows and cinder cones. A few weeks ago I took a trip there, and we hiked to the top of a cinder cone, then went exploring a little place called Lava Falls, which is a water carved, old lava flow on BLM land.

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11/3/06, 12:16pm
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Neat pictures!

People don't realize how much of our geology here in California is volcanic in origin.

There's a part of my drive to and from work, here at Pepperdine, that goes through an area that you'd swear was Hawaii from all the volcanic rock.

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11/3/06, 1:00pm
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Amazing photos! I especially liked the third one where you can get a perspective of size with people in it.

Seems like the area would be a good location for a movie.

It is so nice to see pictures of places that I might never have seen.

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11/3/06, 10:30pm
>Neat pictures!
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>People don't realize how much of our geology here in
>California is volcanic in origin.
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>There's a part of my drive to and from work, here at
>Pepperdine, that goes through an area that you'd swear was
>Hawaii from all the volcanic rock.

I was amazed and enthralled with the variety of geology and geologic features in California during my visit. Y'all have an awesome state....I bet an awesome place to live

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11/4/06, 7:57am
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A lot of the eastern side of the Sierra, and out into the Mohave is interesting if you like rocks and hardscape. In the pic of Lava Falls, with the two boys leaning over, there was a drop of 15 or so feet, and it was too slick to climb down. We climbed back up and out and went around that drop, only to find a couple more sharp drop offs. The rock was polished incredibly smooth. Outside of that old water course, the basalt was very sharp and jagged. My old camera couldn't catch the slickness of the rock very well, the sun reflected off the rocks too much. But I thought I'd share the images, anyway.


(It's been very frustrating the past few years, not having a decent camera! My old slr died, and it took me a while to figure out which camera to buy, without spending too much $$. So, I'd been making do with a little instamatic type digital. The new camera is part of the lure in me going out exploring. I want to play catchup and replace the images.)

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>I was amazed and enthralled with the variety of geology and
>geologic features in California during my visit. Y'all have
>an awesome state....I bet an awesome place to live
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It is. But then you've got The Gulf and all the great bayou country. Pretty neat stuff too.

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11/4/06, 5:48pm (Last Edited: 11/4/06, 5:49pm)
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Cool pics! How long and what route did you take to get up the Cinder Cone?

We used to poke around there when I was young, I grew up in Bishop and poked around a lot of places in the Owen's Valley...

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11/4/06, 6:39pm
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We parked on the western side in a small open area that seemed made for parking, but had to drive along a pumicey road with a lot of overgrowth down the center! Then we walked up to the crater, and then went along the north side of the crater, ascending to get to the ridgeline, which we kept to, until we reached the top.

The wind was just terrible on the ears. I wish I had some ear muffs or something to keep the fierce wind out. I had a headache by the time we got done with our little jaunt. I had no clue how much the wind could blow down into the ears!

Growing up in Bishop, you must know all sorts of interesting eastern side places. I've only visited a handful.

In fact, as I sit here typing this, I'm in a hotel room in Lone Pine. A nifty old hotel, circa 1920's, called the Dow Villa. Cool place. I have a room facing Mt. Whitney, which I hope to see in the early morning!

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11/5/06, 10:19am
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The Dow Villa is a landmark I do know, but I've never stayed there myself. Have you explored the nearby Alabama Hills and their famed arches?

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11/5/06, 3:18pm
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Just got back home. Spent yesterday afternoon and early this morning in the Alabama Hills. What an amazing landscape! Sure wish I owned a chunk of that piece of real estate. Houses are being built just to the south of the hills. (I've been there before, years ago).

Carol, I haven't found any cool arches there, except a few tiny ones along the few roads I've been on. I think I need to spend more time there exploring. (wanna tag along? )

It was a spur of the moment decision to take off yesterday. I just planned on driving for the day, then husband suggested the Alabama Hills, so I put together an overnight bag and away I went.

The Dow Villa is a nice old hotel. It has a modern add-on and the old time 1920's hotel, where John Wayne and many other old time actors stayed. The atmosphere inside the old hotel is very nice. It's got personality and is in excellent condition. I was able to get an upstairs room with a window facing west, a great view, and a comfy bed.

I also stopped in the new movie museum in Lone Pine, and the two women who own it have done a great job with their collection of movie memorabilia.

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11/5/06, 7:04pm
>My old camera couldn't
>catch the slickness of the rock very well, the sun reflected
>off the rocks too much.

I've tried photographing Lava Falls a few times, too. I've just about come to the conclusion that it's impossible. I haven't kept a single picture from my attempts so far...

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11/5/06, 7:08pm
>Carol, I haven't found any cool arches there, except a few
>tiny ones along the few roads I've been on.

The most famous one is just a short hike from a large parking area near the first big right turn in the Movie Road. Park, and head north. There's a trail you can follow to it.


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11/5/06, 8:43pm
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Ahhh, another fan of the Alabama Hills! Those are the coolest rocks I think I've ever encountered. Fascinating place. Looking at the above map, courtesy the guest counter at the hotel where I stayed, is the parking spot you mention, shown? Or can you sort of orient based on that map?

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11/7/06, 2:42pm
>is the parking spot you mention,
>shown? Or can you sort of orient based on that map?

I think it's right where you make the turn near "Charge of the Light Brigade", but I can't be completely sure right now. I'm on a laptop right now with a less than stellar screen. When I get home, I'll see if I can find the map that Cori (Snow Nymph) sent me a couple years ago, to pinpoint it for you.

Basically, it's a pretty large parking area, and very hard to miss. You just take the main Movie Road and keep on it until it makes a wide right turn. Immediately on your left is the area to park. There is a trail heading due north from that parking area that will take you right to the arch, or at least in the correct area to find it.

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