Category Archives: California

Desert Pictograph Boulder

The thermometer bounces between 108 and 111 degrees as I drive into the Mojave Desert on a recent June afternoon. Several days earlier in 115 degree heat, not all that far away, a middle-aged man had left a tour bus … Continue reading

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Miner’s Rock Cabin at Eagle Cliff (1890)

The hike to Eagle Cliff Cabin. The cabin was originally built and occupied by miners sometime after 1890 at the site of Eagle Cliff mine, which is located in Joshua Tree National Park. The makeshift shelter was cobbled together in a … Continue reading

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Chumash Indian Rock Art Pictograph

Little Ms. E and I ventured out for a short hike Wednesday morning to a pictograph site. This is the fifth Indian rock art site I’ve taken her to and it required the longest and most strenuous hike for her … Continue reading

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Roaring River Falls, Kings Canyon National Park

“Kings River Canyon calls forth the most enthusiastic encomiums of all who have visited it. The rocks tower in majestic altitude above the bed of the tumultuous stream, their profiles carved by the elements in shapes that suggest the work … Continue reading

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Bodie, California Ghost Town

Stagecoaches in front of the Grand Central Hotel on Main Street in 1880. Tucked away in the hills of Mono County is Bodie, with scarce 800 inhabitants. It is a peaceful, respectable town now, but time was when it contained … Continue reading

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