Tag Archives: Carrizo Plain

Elkhorn Plain, San Luis Obispo County

“Why think about that when all the golden land’s ahead of you and all kinds of unforeseen events wait lurking to surprise you and make you glad you’re alive to see?” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road Elkhorn Plain spans … Continue reading

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Soda Lake Reflections, Carrizo Plain National Monument

After a perfect cloudless day that looked as if it was manufactured to precise specifications in a laboratory, I woke the next day with eager anticipation and headed to the Carrizo Plain. Unfortunately it was overcast, but otherwise a pleasant … Continue reading

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Dragon’s Back Ridge on the San Andreas Fault, Carrizo Plain National Monument

Dragon’s Back Ridge is the result of the tremendous pressure along the San Andreas Fault that runs through the Carrizo Plain National Monument. The ridge is located southeast of the Wallace Creek offset and contains its own offset drainage channels. … Continue reading

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Wallace Creek Offset at the San Andreas Fault, Carrizo Plain National Monument

“A great earthquake shook the mountains, ripping a deep gash through the rock formations. . .” -A Spanish traveler’s account of the great Fort Tejon earthquake of 1857 On January 9, 1857, the 7.9 magnitude Fort Tejon temblor rocked California … Continue reading

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