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Death Valley Wild Flowers
3/22/05, 8:27pm
My pictures from last week's trip are online now. But, be warned. It's a big gallery (310 pictures). It includes pictures at Scotty's Castle, Ubehebe Crater, Badwater, the wild flowers, the sand dunes near Stovepipe Wells, Rhyolite, Bullfrog, Ballarat and Beatty (including a couple more of that airplane). They can be seen here: http://www.ldphotography.net/Travel/March2005/

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3/22/05, 9:08pm (Last Edited: 4/17/05, 5:34pm)
Here are a few of my favorites of the wild flowers:


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3/22/05, 9:10pm (Last Edited: 4/17/05, 5:34pm)
And a few at the sand dunes:

I think I'm going to get these three printed as 8x12's then frame and matte them.

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3/23/05, 5:59am
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GREAT pics Thomas.....I grabbed those purple flowers for my "Spring" screen saver....thanks for sharing.

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3/23/05, 9:52am
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Wow! Neat pictures.


Thanks, Lonnie.

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3/23/05, 12:51pm
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Great pictures of the Death Valley trip on your web site. It sounds like it was a very interesting trip.

Do you have any info on Scotty of Scotty's castle? Specifically, it looks like he was a man of means as he built this "Hearst Castle" in the desert. How did he make his fortune? Was it mining?

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3/23/05, 1:29pm
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Your pictures again remind me of how much I love this state of ours... one hour, you could seemingly be in Saudi Arabia. The next hour, you could be skiing the slopes... the next hour, you could be surfing the beaches.

Neat pics... thanks.

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3/23/05, 9:49pm
>Do you have any info on Scotty of Scotty's castle?
>Specifically, it looks like he was a man of means as he built
>this "Hearst Castle" in the desert. How did he make his
>fortune? Was it mining?

Scotty didn't build or own it. Someone asked me for the story on the Canon forum too, and this was my reply:

Walter Scott, known as Death Valley Scotty, lived from 1872 to 1954. He's buried with his dog Windy on the hill overlooking the castle that bears his name. He didn't build it though, and never owned it. It was built by a man named Albert Johnson.

Scotty was a con-artist and sometimes cowboy in Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show. He claimed to have found a gold vein in Death Valley and convinced a few rich people back east to invest in it. There was no mine. He was fleecing them. He would keep writing back asking for more money saying a flash flood had wiped out his equipment or a landslide washed it away. If they wanted to see a sample of the ore he would claim to have sent it to them and that the wagon was attacked by Indians and everything was stolen.

One of his investors, Albert Johnson, an insurance magnate, finally decided to go there and see the mine in person. He found out that it didn't exist, but he also fell in love with Death Valley and for some reason befriended Scotty, who had been ripping him off. Albert and his wife Bessie visited the area every winter, but Bessie didn't like camping or the cramped quarters in Scotty's cabin, so she asked Albert to build her a house.

He ended up spending $2,000,000 (during the depression!) building this mansion until one day in 1931 when there was a knock at the door. It was a government agent who informed him that a surveying party had just discovered that the land Mr. Johnson had bought was actually a mile southeast of there. He had built his mansion on government property because his maps were screwed up. Construction stopped immediately. Six years later he finally managed to acquire the land under his mansion via a "landslide grant" quietly passed through Congress for a fee of $1.25, but he never resumed construction, so there are some incomplete parts of the estate (like the enormous swimming pool and the garden area).

The house came to be known as Scotty's Castle because Scotty, ever the con-man, told everyone it was his and that he had built it with the proceeds from his (non-existent) mine. Mr. Johnson didn't care if anyone knew the truth so he just played along with Scotty's story. If anyone asked him who he was he would just reply "I'm Scotty's banker."

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3/23/05, 9:51pm
>Your pictures again remind me of how much I love this state of
>ours... one hour, you could seemingly be in Saudi Arabia. The
>next hour, you could be skiing the slopes...

If you looked at the pictures on my site, you probably noticed that there was a lot of snow in the upper elevations at Death Valley, mostly on the west side around Telescope Peak. It was almost surreal to be standing on the desert floor in Badwater looking at a snow covered mountain right in front of me.

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Re: Death Valley Wild Flowers
3/24/05, 9:02am (Last Edited: 3/24/05, 9:05am)
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Nice pics Thomas! Lots of good memories... I went to Scotty's Castle and Beatty and Rhyolite back in 99 and have never scanned in my pics I took. I got several good ones of the bottle house and the bank building

http://www.ldphotography.net/Travel/March2005/slide
s/Rhyolite%20014.html

I was also fascinated by this sculpture...

http://www.ldphotography.net/Travel/March2005/slide
s/Goldwell%20Open%20Air%20Museum%20006.html

and got several interesting black and white photographs of it.

And you have to love what Scotty's memorial says... "I GOT FOUR THINGS TO LIVE BY: DON'T SAY NOTHING THAT WILL HURT ANYBODY. DON'T GIVE ADVICE -- NOBODY WILL TAKE IT ANYWAY. DON'T COMPLAIN. DON'T EXPLAIN."

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3/24/05, 9:33am
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Wow! Scotty sounds like E.B. Farnum, the hotelier from Deadwood. Actual person too, by the way. Except things worked out for Scotty and E.B. keeps getting the short end of the deal.

Very interesting stuff. Thanks!

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3/24/05, 1:09pm
>I was also fascinated by this sculpture...

I think that's most people's favorite. It definitely is an interesting, and somewhat spooky sculpture. My favorite is Ghost Rider, the similar one with the bicycle.

The poles near the exhibit have a bunch of pipes and things nailed to them so when the wind blows it makes spooky moaning sounds. I went there late one night last week for some long exposure shots. Fortunately the wind wasn't blowing, because if I heard ghostly moaning sounds there after dark, I don't know if I'd have the nerve to stick around...

>And you have to love what Scotty's memorial says...

He sure was a character!

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3/24/05, 3:26pm
Thom: Wow this is one of the best reasons I have to come on RRBBS, reading the story you retold which was not only heart rendering, but extremely informative. I loved it! Sometimes "Man's inhumanity to Man" (Thomas Hobbs), is proven wrong... IMHO... Imagine not taking credit for this undertaking. Real love, or security within ones self. I hope to visit one day soon on my way to Las Vegas.. Sandi Reed

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3/25/05, 2:32pm
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We're going here next weekend. Have you been there and if so what can you tell me about it? Are there some easy hiking trails on flat ground we could take. We're biker wimps ya know.....

Thanks for the info if you are familiar with this place.

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3/25/05, 6:45pm
>I hope to visit one day
>soon on my way to Las Vegas.. Sandi Reed

It isn't really on the way to Vegas, unless you're heading down from Reno, but it's definitely worth the trip up that way.

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3/25/05, 6:46pm
>We're going here next weekend. Have you been there and if so
>what can you tell me about it? Are there some easy hiking
>trails on flat ground we could take. We're biker wimps ya
>know.....

I've been there several times. There are a lot of relatively flat trails and off-trail areas to hike. That whole area is pretty flat, except of course for the rocks. They can be fun to climb around on, too, but also a little dangerous. I would imagine there will be some rattlesnakes active in that area by now too, so keep your eyes open.

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3/25/05, 7:23pm
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>>We're going here next weekend. Have you been there and if so
>>what can you tell me about it? Are there some easy hiking
>>trails on flat ground we could take. We're biker wimps ya
>>know.....
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>I've been there several times. There are a lot of relatively
>flat trails and off-trail areas to hike. That whole area is
>pretty flat, except of course for the rocks. They can be fun
>to climb around on, too, but also a little dangerous. I would
>imagine there will be some rattlesnakes active in that area by
>now too, so keep your eyes open.

Thanks Thomas. I figured you had been there. We'll plan on doing a little walking there. I assume the roads into it are paved...right?

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3/25/05, 8:00pm
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I want to head out that way again soon and get some more agates from Hubbard Road in Acton. Also, I want to take some soil samples from the tailings of the old Red Rover Mine.

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3/25/05, 8:03pm
>Thanks Thomas. I figured you had been there. We'll plan on
>doing a little walking there. I assume the roads into it are
>paved...right?

No, it isn't paved. It's dirt/gravel. Last time I was there it was smoothly graded, but I'll bet the rain we've had has really done a number on it. I'd expect ruts and holes right now. Fortunately it isn't a very long road. You don't have far to drive when you leave the pavement.

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3/25/05, 8:04pm
>I want to head out that way again soon and get some more
>agates from Hubbard Road in Acton. Also, I want to take some
>soil samples from the tailings of the old Red Rover Mine.

I didn't know the Red Rover Mine was accessible. That'd be cool to check out.

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3/25/05, 9:57pm
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>>I want to head out that way again soon and get some more
>>agates from Hubbard Road in Acton. Also, I want to take some
>>soil samples from the tailings of the old Red Rover Mine.
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>I didn't know the Red Rover Mine was accessible. That'd be
>cool to check out.

Yeah, it would be. Last year, I took a drive out there trying to find it. I figured if I couldn't, at least it would be near the agates on Hubbard Rd. Anyway, I followed the directions and couldn't find anything. Then I spotted an old mine workings on the south side of Hwy 14, rather than the north, on top of a ridge directly across from Acton High School. I think that is Escondido Canyon Rd? It's the one before Crown Valley. Now, this could be the Red Rover Mine, or it could be the Govenor Mine. Not sure which, but there is something on top of that ridge and a dirt road up to it. There is a Red Rover Mine Rd too, so I don't know which mine it is that I saw. In any case, I hiked around a dry wash next to Escondido Canyon Rd. and found a lot of quartz and took some soils samples home. This panned down to a lot of black sand, but no gold. What would be really cool is going over some of the mine tailings with a metal detector, but I don't have one.

Acton is a neat area with lots of big ranch houses and a lot of history too.

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3/26/05, 4:22am (Last Edited: 3/26/05, 4:25am)
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>We're going here next weekend. Have you been there and if so
>what can you tell me about it? Are there some easy hiking
>trails on flat ground we could take. We're biker wimps ya
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>Thanks for the info if you are familiar with this place.

That place has got to be one of the most FILMED places on the planet! From commercials to the Flintstones! Easy to get to, and if you don't want to climb the rocks, easy to hike around. (If you can get in..like I said, they do a LOT of filming there!)

BTW, if you are heading that way you will pass the exit to Soledad Canyon...site of the now famous Computer Camp-out!


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Re: Vasquez Rocks
3/26/05, 6:14am
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>I want to head out that way again soon and get some more
>agates from Hubbard Road in Acton. Also, I want to take some
>soil samples from the tailings of the old Red Rover Mine.

I use to collect rocks and you are correct lots of agates in the area. Also out Davenport Road is a huge deposit of howlite which they make white stone jewelry from. We collected a bunch and traded it for opals from a rock club in Australia once.

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3/26/05, 6:15am
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>>Thanks Thomas. I figured you had been there. We'll plan on
>>doing a little walking there. I assume the roads into it are
>>paved...right?
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>No, it isn't paved. It's dirt/gravel. Last time I was there it
>was smoothly graded, but I'll bet the rain we've had has
>really done a number on it. I'd expect ruts and holes right
>now. Fortunately it isn't a very long road. You don't have far
>to drive when you leave the pavement.


Um we're talking about being on TWO WHEELS. This isnt good news at all and we'll have to make other plans. BUMMER!! I need to know about how many feet we'd have to drive.

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3/26/05, 6:21am
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>>We're going here next weekend. Have you been there and if so
>>what can you tell me about it? Are there some easy hiking
>>trails on flat ground we could take. We're biker wimps ya
>>know.....
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>>Thanks for the info if you are familiar with this place.
>
>That place has got to be one of the most FILMED places on the
>planet! From commercials to the Flintstones! Easy to get to,
>and if you don't want to climb the rocks, easy to hike around.
>(If you can get in..like I said, they do a LOT of filming
>there!)
>
>BTW, if you are heading that way you will pass the exit to
>Soledad Canyon...site of the now famous Computer Camp-out!
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>
>

Youve lost me....What computer camp-out?

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3/26/05, 9:31am
>Um we're talking about being on TWO WHEELS. This isnt good
>news at all and we'll have to make other plans. BUMMER!! I
>need to know about how many feet we'd have to drive.

Why is that a problem? Bikes can take a dirt/gravel road far better than a normal passenger car! And that road certainly is no threat to a car. I wouldn't hesitate to take a bike up there.

The dirt road from Agua Dulce Canyon Road to the parking lot/picnic area is only about a half mile or so. Just keep it around 25mph or so and you'll be fine. No need to cancel and make other plans because of that!

I've driven a low-clearance Chevy Cavalier about 30 miles through Holcomb Valley before (high clearance, 4wd recommended). If I can do that, a bunch of bikes can make it a half mile on a wimpy dirt road!

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3/26/05, 9:33am (Last Edited: 3/26/05, 9:34am)
>Youve lost me....What computer camp-out?

The Open Mind BBS campout. This was before you found our group.

We've mentioned it several times here before, but you probably didn't know what we were talking about.

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3/26/05, 12:22pm
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>>Um we're talking about being on TWO WHEELS. This isnt good
>>news at all and we'll have to make other plans. BUMMER!! I
>>need to know about how many feet we'd have to drive.
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>Why is that a problem? Bikes can take a dirt/gravel road
>far better than a normal passenger car! And that road
>certainly is no threat to a car. I wouldn't hesitate to take a
>bike up there.
>
>The dirt road from Agua Dulce Canyon Road to the parking
>lot/picnic area is only about a half mile or so. Just keep it
>around 25mph or so and you'll be fine. No need to cancel and
>make other plans because of that!
>
>I've driven a low-clearance Chevy Cavalier about 30 miles
>through Holcomb Valley before (high clearance, 4wd
>recommended). If I can do that, a bunch of bikes can make it a
>half mile on a wimpy dirt road!
>

We're not talking about DIRT bikes! We're talking about $30,000 yuppy...custom paint honkin bikes that dont do MUD! LOL!

But we'll see. Talked to somebody that had ridden it once before and they said it wasnt bad.

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3/26/05, 12:25pm
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>>Youve lost me....What computer camp-out?
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>The Open Mind BBS campout. This was before you found our
>group.
>
>We've mentioned it several times here before, but you probably
>didn't know what we were talking about.


I do remember mention of that weekend. Were you around when Bill organized that computer project at a local school? They took donations of computers and parts....we all sorted the parts and techies put together whole computers from them for the students. That was fun......

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3/27/05, 4:54am
>We're not talking about DIRT bikes! We're talking about
>$30,000 yuppy...custom paint honkin bikes that dont do MUD!

That's what I was talking about, too. I've never owned a dirt bike. And, I doubt the road will be muddy since the rain has pretty much stopped.

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3/27/05, 4:55am
>I do remember mention of that weekend. Were you around when
>Bill organized that computer project at a local school?

I vaguely remember that. I was around at the time, but I don't think I participated in that.

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>>Youve lost me....What computer camp-out?
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>The Open Mind BBS campout. This was before you found our
>group.
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>We've mentioned it several times here before, but you probably
>didn't know what we were talking about.


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3/27/05, 5:31am
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>>>Um we're talking about being on TWO WHEELS. This isnt good
>>>news at all and we'll have to make other plans. BUMMER!! I
>>>need to know about how many feet we'd have to drive.
>>
>>Why is that a problem? Bikes can take a dirt/gravel road
>>far better than a normal passenger car! And that road
>>certainly is no threat to a car. I wouldn't hesitate to take
>a
>>bike up there.
>>
>>The dirt road from Agua Dulce Canyon Road to the parking
>>lot/picnic area is only about a half mile or so. Just keep
>it
>>around 25mph or so and you'll be fine. No need to cancel and
>>make other plans because of that!
>>
>>I've driven a low-clearance Chevy Cavalier about 30 miles
>>through Holcomb Valley before (high clearance, 4wd
>>recommended). If I can do that, a bunch of bikes can make it
>a
>>half mile on a wimpy dirt road!
>>
>
>We're not talking about DIRT bikes! We're talking about
>$30,000 yuppy...custom paint honkin bikes that dont do MUD!
>LOL!
>
>But we'll see. Talked to somebody that had ridden it once
>before and they said it wasnt bad.

I don't think you will have any problems. The dirt part is not that long and usually it is graded pretty often.

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>>>Youve lost me....What computer camp-out?
>>
>>The Open Mind BBS campout. This was before you found our
>>group.
>>
>>We've mentioned it several times here before, but you
>probably
>>didn't know what we were talking about.
>
>
>I do remember mention of that weekend. Were you around when
>Bill organized that computer project at a local school? They
>took donations of computers and parts....we all sorted the
>parts and techies put together whole computers from them for
>the students. That was fun......

OK, I love to tell this story so I will tell it again. On one of the computer camp outs, we had tables set up with oh..4 or 5 working computers and disks and such.

At one point, there was a group of "seniors" that decided that WE were some sort of entertainment and started to basicly, tour our camp and see what we were doing. I remember distinctly, standing with Larry Barr and just watching this group, watch us.

At one point, an elderly lady says to Larry, "What are you guys doing out here?" And Larry says, "oh, we are playing computer games and such." And she says, "you came all the way out here to play computer games?" So Larry says, "Well, what are YOU doing out here?" And she says, "just going for a walk". Larry then says, "You come all the way out here just to go for a walk??"

LOL!

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murphy brown  
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>>We're not talking about DIRT bikes! We're talking about
>>$30,000 yuppy...custom paint honkin bikes that dont do MUD!
>
>That's what I was talking about, too. I've never owned a dirt
>bike. And, I doubt the road will be muddy since the rain has
>pretty much stopped.
>

Im hoping it will work.....By now the wild flowers should be screamin.

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>I don't think you will have any problems. The dirt part is not
>that long and usually it is graded pretty often.
>
>
After all the rains I really needed my ride leader to pre ride this one. We'll just go and see how it turns out.

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>OK, I love to tell this story so I will tell it again. On one
>of the computer camp outs, we had tables set up with oh..4 or
>5 working computers and disks and such.
>
>At one point, there was a group of "seniors" that decided that
>WE were some sort of entertainment and started to basicly,
>tour our camp and see what we were doing. I remember
>distinctly, standing with Larry Barr and just watching this
>group, watch us.
>
>At one point, an elderly lady says to Larry, "What are you
>guys doing out here?" And Larry says, "oh, we are playing
>computer games and such." And she says, "you came all the way
>out here to play computer games?" So Larry says, "Well, what
>are YOU doing out here?" And she says, "just going for a
>walk". Larry then says, "You come all the way out here just to
>go for a walk??"
>
>LOL!
>
I can just see L Barr saying that....Hehehehe...Now about your reason for being there.......leer!

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>Im hoping it will work.....By now the wild flowers should be
>screamin.

Good idea. I hadn't even thought of what the flowers would be like in the local desert areas. I just might have to head over to Vasquez Rocks soon, myself.

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>>Im hoping it will work.....By now the wild flowers should be
>>screamin.
>
>Good idea. I hadn't even thought of what the flowers would be
>like in the local desert areas. I just might have to head over
>to Vasquez Rocks soon, myself.


Make it next Sunday...and bring yer camera. Never know who you might get a pic of.

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>>Im hoping it will work.....By now the wild flowers should be
>>screamin.
>
>Good idea. I hadn't even thought of what the flowers would be
>like in the local desert areas. I just might have to head over
>to Vasquez Rocks soon, myself.

After your visit there, pop over the mountain and check out the flowers in the Antelope Valley!

BTW, speaking of nature going nuts, on Saturday I was attacked by a few million butterflies when I as on the freeway. My daughter, who was coming home from San Diego said she had the same thing!

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So? Spit it out......What was it you said to me and then edited BB?

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>BTW, speaking of nature going nuts, on Saturday I was attacked
>by a few million butterflies when I as on the freeway. My
>daughter, who was coming home from San Diego said she had the
>same thing!
>
>(The meek HAVE inherited the earth..we just don't see it
>yet!)
>

Yeah, I noticed that too.

Some butterflies are migratory, and these must have been some of those. There will tons of them. I hope most have made it through.

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>Make it next Sunday...and bring yer camera. Never know who you
>might get a pic of.

I can't do it on a weekend. I work Sundays, and for the next month I work them alone, so I can't even take the day off.

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>After your visit there, pop over the mountain and check out
>the flowers in the Antelope Valley!

Someone at work this morning mentioned a famous poppy field in the Antelope Valley. Where is that? How would I get there from Vasquez Rocks?

>BTW, speaking of nature going nuts, on Saturday I was attacked
>by a few million butterflies when I as on the freeway.

I went through those on the way to Death Valley! I even had to use the windshield washer fluid a couple times to clear a view and the squeegee at the gas station. They were THICK! I didn't see them a few days later on the way home, though.

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>So? Spit it out......What was it you said to me and then
>edited BB?

No..I figured I would break the "Murph is pissed at BBlast" cycle...

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>>BTW, speaking of nature going nuts, on Saturday I was
>attacked
>>by a few million butterflies when I as on the freeway. My
>>daughter, who was coming home from San Diego said she had
>the
>>same thing!
>>
>>(The meek HAVE inherited the earth..we just don't see it
>>yet!)
>>
>
>Yeah, I noticed that too.
>
>Some butterflies are migratory, and these must have been some
>of those. There will tons of them. I hope most have made it
>through.
>

Most..except those attached to the front of the cars...

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>>After your visit there, pop over the mountain and check out
>>the flowers in the Antelope Valley!
>
>Someone at work this morning mentioned a famous poppy field in
>the Antelope Valley. Where is that? How would I get there from
>Vasquez Rocks?

I know there is a "flower center" or something like that out there...I figured Murph would know because it is popular with the "riders" in the area.

I googled this for you:

"e-Description - Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve features over 1,700 acres of California's official flower - the golden poppy - on display in season each spring. The reserve also features other wildflowers in bloom.

The State Reserve is established to protect and perpetuate outstanding displays of native wildflowers, particularly the California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica, the state flower. Other wildflowers -- owl's clover, lupine, goldfield, cream cups, and coreopsis, to name a few, share the desert grassland to produce a mosaic of color and fragrance each spring. As unpredictable as nature - the intensity and duration of the wildflower bloom varies yearly. Seven miles of trails, including a paved section for wheelchair access, wind gently through the wildflower fields. The broad views of this landscape provide eyefuls of brilliant wildflower colors. Whether you most enjoy expansive fields of wildflower colors and fragrance or the close-up study of a single flower, this is the place to visit. These spectacular floral displays are maintained for the enjoyment, inspiration, and education of the people for all time to come.

Recreation - The park has eight miles of trails. There is also a visitor center with natural history displays and watercolor paintings by Jane Pinheiro, who was a leader in the efforts to preserve the reserve.

Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months. The best seasons to visit are spring and fall. Summer are usually hot and winters are cold with occasional snow. Dress appropriately.

Location - The reserve is located 15 miles west of Highway 14 near the town of Lancaster. The visitor center is located on Lancaster Road (Avenue I.)-quote&


from: http://areas.wildernet.com/pages/area.cfm?areaID=CA
SPANTVAL&CU_ID=1

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>>So? Spit it out......What was it you said to me and then
>>edited BB?
>
>No..I figured I would break the "Murph is pissed at BBlast"
>cycle...

For heavens sake what gave you that idea?

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>"e-Description - Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
>features over 1,700 acres of California's official flower -
>the golden poppy - on display in season each spring. The
>reserve also features other wildflowers in bloom.
>
>The State Reserve is established to protect and perpetuate
>outstanding displays of native wildflowers, particularly the
>California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica, the state flower.
>Other wildflowers -- owl's clover, lupine, goldfield, cream
>cups, and coreopsis, to name a few, share the desert grassland
>to produce a mosaic of color and fragrance each spring. As
>unpredictable as nature - the intensity and duration of the
>wildflower bloom varies yearly. Seven miles of trails,
>including a paved section for wheelchair access, wind gently
>through the wildflower fields. The broad views of this
>landscape provide eyefuls of brilliant wildflower colors.
>Whether you most enjoy expansive fields of wildflower colors
>and fragrance or the close-up study of a single flower, this
>is the place to visit. These spectacular floral displays are
>maintained for the enjoyment, inspiration, and education of
>the people for all time to come.
>
>Recreation - The park has eight miles of trails. There is also
>a visitor center with natural history displays and watercolor
>paintings by Jane Pinheiro, who was a leader in the efforts to
>preserve the reserve.
>
>Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over
>Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in
>the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with
>frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as
>rain during the winter months. The best seasons to visit are
>spring and fall. Summer are usually hot and winters are cold
>with occasional snow. Dress appropriately.
>
>Location - The reserve is located 15 miles west of Highway 14
>near the town of Lancaster. The visitor center is located on
>Lancaster Road (Avenue I.)-quote&
>
>
Yep thats it...you dont need to go into the reserve however. Take the first road past it to the right and stop along the highway for a breath taking view and less people.

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>I googled this for you:

Thanks. I googled around too and found the official site for the park. Looks like a very interesting place. I'd never heard about it before. I don't know how I've managed to miss that...

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