Sunday, August 24, 2014

Geo-RoadTrip 2014: Pit Stop

One of the last stops on the trip was an historically sticky situation.  The Le Brea Tar Pits in Las Angeles is the final resting place of scores of unfortunate animals who became permanent LA residents.  The Pits' museum utilizes the mammoth mascot in both robot and skeleton form:

You can also get your fill of other unlucky mammals who may or may not have appeared in the Ice Age movies:

The trip is almost done but the video is coming soon!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Geo-RoadTrip 2014: Not Our Fault

We couldn't go to California without trying to get a good look at the famous San Andreas Fault.  And the best place we found is in Pelona Vista Park in Palmdale, CA.  It's a pretty decent uphill hike to get to the view but once you get there you can get a good look at some distortion and folding:

After we had our fill we had to head to holy ground: Vasquez Rocks!  What makes this place so special?

This is the location of the famous fight between Captain Kirk and the Gorn!  Check out Shatner in front of the same rocks swinging his Captain's Log:

Next up, we hit the Tar Pits!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Geo-RoadTrip 2014: Scenery

Further down the road we arrived at an interesting geologic wonder known as Fossil Falls.  The name may be a little misleading since there's been no actual running water for a looong time.  But when there was, it helped to create the unique shapes in the basalt:

Our next stop took us to Red Rock Canyon State Park (not to be confused with Red Rock Canyon State Park in Oklahoma) which is the southernmost portion of the Sierra Nevada mountain range that we saw earlier.  Here's a quick look at some of what we saw:

Next up is a very famous fault!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Geo-RoadTrip 2014: Cartago

Cartago, CA is a little ghost town that takes very little time to drive through, which is fine since there is very little to see there.  But what is there is definitely worth a stop.  The mysterious orange building  along the highway is a roadside work of art made complete with a dinosaur skeleton statue:

Legend has it that this was originally meant to be a beef jerky store but the other jerky store down the road didn't seem to have a lot of details.  It's worth noting that the creepily non-abandoned motel next to it has a giant metal ant on the roof.  The artist remains unknown.  

After that quick stop, we got back on the road...more pics tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Geo-RoadTrip 2014: Breakfast in the Hills

We don't always post about the restaurants where we eat on these trips but occasionally we find one post-worthy.  For example, the Alabama Hills Cafe was a great find and our last stop in Lone Pine, CA.  Not just for the food but for the geologic ambience.  They are smart enough to take advantage of their namesake hills for a little educational decor:

There are some handy references on the walls to some of the more famous and unique rock formations in the area and even some artistic interpretations:

The previous day we had gotten a picture of the "Visible Man" (also known as the "Monster Rock") which you can see on the bottom row, in the middle or in this pic:

It's one of the easier ones to find since it's right along the road to the hills and, of course, the face painting.

But at this point you're probably wondering, how is the food?  The cafe has its own bakery and even the toast is handmade.  It's, hands down, the best breakfast in town.  Check out that morning's special: Shrimp, tomato, mushroom and spinach scramble with fresh fruit:

Definitely worth the drive through the desert.  Next up, we head further into California!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Geo-RoadTrip 2014: Rock Shopping

After a little minor mountaineering we headed back to Lone Pine for the night and had some time to kill before dinner.  Luckily the Lone Pine Rock & Gift store was right in the middle of the town.  It was time to do a little geo-browsing.

They had a pretty good selection of specimens ranging from local rocks to those found far and away.  Here's a sample of some of the things we found:

Next up is our last stop in Lone Pine!