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Literature Cited
 When I first read the field notes of Annie Alexander and Louise Kellogg, I was fascinated by the descriptions they wrote about the places they went and the plants and animals they found there. By publishing my field notes on the Internet I hope to follow a little bit in their tradition.
 

2006

 

Other articles: Power Line Road at Rainbow Wells Rd

Locations: Columbia Mine. Rainbow Wells.  

Found the following in the California Integrated Waste Management Board Year 2000 archives about Rainbow Wells and the Columbia Mine. Collectively, they seem to be known as the Sterner Claims.

Rainbow Wells Disposal Site- The site is located approximately 8 miles west of the Town of Cima and approximately 6 miles south of Aiken Mine Road. The site was formerly a small mining operation and after the owner’s death, became a haven for transients and the production of illegal drugs. The site consists of dilapidated residences, burned outbuildings, unlivable mobile homes, discarded appliances, scrap metal items, waste tires, and solid waste (cans, bottles, trash).

Columbia Mine Disposal Site- the Columbia Mine was owned and operated by the same miner as Rainbow Wells. The Columbia Mine was also acquired by the NPS after the owner’s death. The site is located approximately 4 miles east of Kelso-Cima Road and 3 miles west of Wild Horse Road near Macedonia Spring. Items associated with mining (primarily metals) and several dilapidated structures, and solid waste (primarily cans and bottles) make up the majority of waste at this site. (CIWMB 2000 04 18 Agenda)

 

Saturday, 4-Feb-06

 

Other articles: Lonoak Road in King City
Full Size ImageLonoak Road in King City.  

When my wife made the mistake of actually asking me what I wanted to do for my birthday, I told her that I wanted to go to Coalinga. It took a little while for her to understand that I was serious. Although, it wasn't necessarily the town of Coalinga that attracted me, as the wide expanse of the central California Coast Ranges between Hollister and Coalinga that I wanted to see.

Other articles: Lonoak Road east of King City
Full Size ImageLooking toward King City on Lonoak Road.  

We started off early on a Saturday morning, taking US Highway 101 to King City. Here we found the beginning of Lonoak Road near where San Lorenzo Creek enters the Salinas River. At this intersection is a large warehouse for Rio Farms, a business that seems to farm most of the farm land to the east of King City. Their warehouse dock was filled with pallets of bags of yellow onions.

Other articles: Lonoak Road 79990
Full Size ImageLooking east on Lonoak Road.  

Lonoak Road climbs above the river bottom and onto a mesa sloping upward to the east to the foothills of the Coast Ranges.

Other articles: Lonoak Road near San Lorenzo Creek
Full Size ImageSan Lorenzo Creek, where crossed by Lonoak Road into San Benito County  

Lonoak Road climbs into Bull Canyon and then crosses a low pass into the canyon of San Lorenzo Creek.

Other articles: Lonoak Road near San Lorenzo Creek
Full Size ImageFarm across San Lorenzo Creek  

Most of this area is private land with no public access except right at the road side.

Other articles: Lonoak Road 39970
Full Size ImageSan Lorenzo Creek looking upstream.  

This is one of two creeks named San Lorenzo in California. The other is in Alameda County. There is also a San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz County.

This San Lorenzo Creek drains Peachtree Valley in the central Coast Ranges. Lewis Creek is a tributary, even though it drains a larger area. For most of its course San Lorenzo Creek flows northwest until it passes Lewis Creek, and then turns southwest, joining the Salinas River just south of King City.

Other articles: Lonoak Road on San Lorenzo Creek.
Full Size ImageLonoak Road crosses San Lorenzo Creek into San Benito County  

The bridge over San Lorenzo Creek also crosses into San Benito County from Monterey County.

Other articles: Lonoak Road 26000
Full Size ImageVicinity of Sulphur Springs on San Lorenzo Creek.  

A few miles north on Lonoak Road, and upstream on San Lorenzo Creek are some sulphur springs.

Other articles: Lonoak Road at Sulphur Springs

Locations: Sulphur Springs.
Full Size ImageSulphur Springs is right down below the road in the creek bed.  

The springs are on a tight bend of San Lorenzo Creek, at least 180° in a quite dramatic fashion. Something structural is happening here, perhaps a fault or a plunging anticline. The sulphur springs are down in the creek bed and, while they can be smelled from the road, we did not find an easy way to access them.

Other articles: Lonoak Road 10985
Full Size ImageOld cars protect the bank from erosion along Lewis Creek.  

Continuing on Lonoak Road, we crossed Lewis Creek and back into Monterey County. Here old cars have been placed along the creek banks to reduce erosion.

Other articles: Lonoak Road 10980
Full Size ImageSettlement of Lonoak.  

The setlement of Lonoak is at the intersection of Lonoak Road and California Highway 25.

Other articles: Lonoak Road 11010
Full Size ImageLooking upstream on Lewis Creek.  

I have some photos of Lewis Creek a little further upstream that show a broad alluviated channel with a small stream in the middle, a sign that the stream is quite underfit, i.e., the sediment load far exceeds the carrying capacity of the stream. Lewis Creek drains a fairly large area that includes Priest Valley, following the San Andreas Fault Zone from there to this location in Lonoak. The combination of a large drainage area, steep topography, and ground-up rock in the fault zone, probably yields some high flood waters with large sediment loads on occasion, leading the local residents to try embedding the autos in the creek banks to reduce erosion.

Other articles: Coalinga Road 69990
Full Size ImageLooking down the canyon along Coalinga Road  

From Lonoak to Coalinga Road and then along the San Benito River, there are few places to stop and get out. Most of the land is fenced and privately-owned. The main exception is Clear Creek Road, which was not a planned stop on this trip.

Other articles: Coalinga Road 70000

Locations: San Benito River.
Full Size ImageSan Benito River at the place we had lunch.  

Above Clear Creek and the motorcycle camp, there was one small unfenced area to pull off the road. The San Benito River was a small stream in this area.

Other articles: Coalinga Road 69999
Full Size ImageSerpentine conglomerate in the bed of the San Benito River.  

The river bed in this area was a serpentine conglomerate. Perhaps there was a period of deposition and lithification, followed by uplift and down-cutting by the San Benito River.

Other articles: Coalinga Road 70010
Full Size ImageLooking up the canyon where we had lunch.  

Between Clear Creek and the pass at the Fresno County line, this was the only place we found to pull off the highway.

Other articles: Coalinga Road 79000
Full Size ImageView north in the upper reaches of the San Benito River.  

In the upper section of the canyon, it broadens. Here also the river bed is very shallow, exposing the serpentine conglomerate.

Other articles: Coalinga Road 79010

Locations: San Benito River.
Full Size ImageView northeast in the upper reaches of the San Benito River.  

Here also the canyon turns northeast between Picacho Peak and Condon Peak. You can't follow canyon as the land is private and fenced. Just a little way to the east is a trailhead with access to Picacho Peak.

Other articles: Coalinga Road at Benitoite Historical Marker
Full Size ImagePlaque about Benitoite.  

Benitoite was discovered on February 22, 1907 by James Marshall Couch while prospecting for quicksilver on a fifty dollar grubstake for shares from R. W. Dallas and Tom Sanders. On July 30, 1907, mineralogy professor George D. Louderback identified it as a new mineral species, Barium Titanium Silicate (BaTiSi3O9). He named it Benitoite after the river, county and nearby mountain range. The gem-quality crystal combines the color of a sapphire with the fire of a diamond. It looks like two studdy triangular pyramids attached at their bases; its shape is unique. It flouresces a bright deep-sky blue under ultraviolet light. Benitoite in gem quality occurs nowhere else in the world. It is assopciated with other rare minerals such as Fresnoite, Joaquinite, Natrolite, and Neptunite. They formed in fractures of a serpentine rock from hydrothermal solutions. Just how such solutions occurred and what other conditions caused the crystallization of these rare minerals is still not well understood. Benitoite was declared the official California state gem on October 1, 1985.

Dedicated October 27, 2001. Monterey Viejo Chapter 1846 and James Savage Chapter 1852. E Clampus Vitus.

   

Other articles: Los Gatos Road 10500 10510
Full Size ImageThe west end of Los Gato Road, at Coalinga Road.
Full Size ImageLooking east from the west end Los Gatos Road.  

Over the pass and just into Fresno County and the Los Gatos Creek drainage, there is a small parking lot and a trail head giving access to Condon Peak. On the day we went by, some fine citizens had taken over the parking lot for some target practice, so we did not tarry, except to take this photograph.

Other articles: Derrick Boulevard 50000
Full Size ImageOil pump northwest of Coalinga  

 

Other articles: Derrick Boulevard 49990
Full Size ImageOil field northwest of Coalinga.  

 

Other articles: CA Hwy 198 49998 California Highway 33 10020
Full Size ImageR. C. Baker Oil Museum  

 

Other articles: CA Hwy 198 49997 California Highway 33 10030
Full Size ImageLooking southwest on the main street of Coalinga.  

 

Other articles: CA Hwy 198 49999 California Highway 33 10010
Full Size ImageLooking northeast in downtown Coalinga  

 

Locations: Coalinga.
Full Size ImageHistoric house in Coalinga.  

 

Other articles: CA Hwy 198 in Stinky Hollow
Full Size ImageThe Zebra in the Iron Zoo.
Full Size ImageThe Giraffe in the Iron Zoo.  

 
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The Rhinoceros in the Iron Zoo.
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The Mouse in the Iron Zoo.
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Snoopy in the Iron Zoo.
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The Chief in the Iron Zoo.
 

Sunday, February 5, 2006

 

Other articles: CA Hwy 198 46000

Locations: Warthan Canyon.
Full Size ImageView of Warthan Canyon.  

In the morning we had breakfast at Perkos, then walked across the parking lot to Starbucks for some coffee.

Headed out of town to the southwest on California Highway 198, I was watching for a place to take an early morning photograph looking back to the northeast to Coalinga. Did not find one, as the little hills and ridges south of town were all fenced.

California Highway 198 passes through Warthan Canyon on its route to the west. There were many photographs of the construction of this highway on display in the R. C. Baker Museum. From the photographs, I had expected a more deep, rugged canyon than the canyon appeared from the highway. However, maybe the highway construction over the years opened up the canyon.

Other articles: CA Hwy 198 51000 California Highway 33 09000
Full Size ImageView northwest from Coalinga.  

In the early morning, we stopped on the north edge of Coalinga for this view to the northwest. Los Gatos Canyon, that the came through yesterday, would in in the approximate center of this photograph.

Full Size ImageEntrance to Coalinga Hot Springs  
 

Other articles: Coalinga Mineral Springs Road near Coalinga Mineral Springs

Locations: Coalinga Mineral Springs.
Full Size ImageCampground at Coalinga Mineral Springs  

 

Other articles: Coalinga Mineral Springs Road at Coalinga Mineral Springs
Full Size ImageSprings at Coalinga Mineral Springs  

 

Other articles: Coalinga Mineral Springs Road near Coalinga Mineral Springs

Locations: Kreyenhagen Peak.
Full Size ImageKreyenhagen Peak from Coalinga Mineral Springs  

 

Other articles: CA Hwy 198 29980

Locations: Priest Valley.
Full Size ImageSoutheast corner of Priest Valley  

 

Other articles: CA Hwy 198 29990

Locations: Priest Valley.
Full Size ImageMonterey-Fresno County line.  

 

Other articles: CA Hwy 198 25000
Full Size ImageLewis Creek from Mustang Ridge.  

 

Other articles: CA Hwy 198 21000
Full Size ImageCalifornia Highway 198 crosses Peachtree Valley.  

California Highway 198 crosses Peachtree Valley.
 

Friday 10 March 06

 
  Our trip into London-Heathrow was about an hour early because we had tailwinds. Off the tip of Greenland they were up to 198 mph. While this made for a quick trip, it also made for a very bumpy flight as we were entering the jet stream. We landed at London just before dawn. The flight pattern went directly over London and, from the window, my wife could see the Thames River and the Tower Bridge.
  In London we de-planed and went through passport control. Our luggage was not checked through to Sevilla because Iberia does not code-share with United. On the way back, though, Iberia had no problem checking our luggage through to San Francisco on United.
  The line at passport control was very long, and it took us an hour and 20 minutes. Then we collected baggage, walked through customs and over to Terminal 2 from Terminal 3. Upon check in at Iberia, we were told that the gate would not be announced until 30-40 minutes before the flight. We got a coffee and a roll, and then went inside the security area to wait. There were several T-Mobile HotSpots at London-Heathrow, and I logged on to check e-mail while we waited.
  Our flight to Sevilla was about an hour late, and we got to Sevilla about 3:00 PM. my daughter and grandson met us at the airport. We got the rental car, really a small van, called a Fiat Ulysse. It seats eight. I followed my daughter home around the north end of Sevilla, as the airport is on the east side of Sevilla and my daughter and son in law live on the west side.
  After arriving and getting settled, we took my daughter over to the Fiat dealership to pick up their new car. It is a Fiat Scenic. son in law will use it mostly to drive to Rota for his new job.
  We had a dinner of pasta, and then we managed to stay up until about 930 PM.
 

Saturday 11 March 06

 
  This morning we got going early to shopping. We went to Carrefour, which is a huge shopping mall and store, perhaps equivalent to a Super K-Mart. They have everything from tires to broccoli. One thing we bought was Cranberry juice. This is a new juice in Spain, appearing recently in the larger stores.
  We had sandwiches for lunch. my daughter picked son in law up at the train station, as he was arriving from Madrid on the AVE. The neighbor kids, Ale (Alejandro) and Blanquita came over -- literally as the neighbors hand their kids over the fence -- along with Ariana who is the cousin of Ale and Blanquita. For a while the kids colored on paper. Then they colored on the table, the then everything else. I played soccer with Ale, then tried to keep the coloring from getting too far out of control.
  son in law was working in his room, so I went out for a run. The downhill part was pretty good, but on the way back up, I would run up a block, and then across the slope, up a block, and then back across the slope. Meanwhile my daughter and my wife went to a store in Bormujos called IDEA to buy a large coffee pot. This is a kind of percolater in that the water in the botton section is forced up through the grounds into an upper section. The coffee is quite strong, and we microwave some milk to heat it, and then mix about 4 parts milk to one part coffee.
  For dinner, my wife made pasta. After cleaning up, it was time for my daughter and I to get son and daughter in law at the airport. While my wife and I walked right through customs, the Customs officer stopped son and daughter in law. They checked one of the bags and found the box of Cheerios. son had to pull the bag of Cheerios out of the box, probably to show that there were no drugs hidden amongst the Cheerios.
   
 

Sunday 12 March 06

 
  This morning we got a slow start. We went to Parque de Alamillo just to get outside a little bit. On the way back we stopped at Cervezeria Aljarafe for a little lunch. grandson and Colin were asleep when we got home, so I also went upstairs and had a short nap.
  This afternoon we went to the park. grandson's friend Fernando from his school also came to the park with his family. grandson and Fernando played and then hit each other and then played some more. "Afternoon" here is from about 400 PM until 800 PM.
  For dinner my wife cooked salmon and made a big salad, then son broke up the salmon to put it on the salad.
  After dinner grandson and Colin had a bath and the kids went to bed. grandson was pretty wound up and had a hard time going to sleep.
 

Monday 13 March 06

 
  Today was shop for supplies for Colin-day. my daughter went with us to Hipercor, the low-cost market for El Corte Ingles.
  In the afternoon, I had a run, while some adults took the children to the park. my wife stayed home and made dinner.
   
 

Tuesday 14 March 06

 
  On Tuesday we went to Cordoba. We got a little bit of an early start and then drove to the Santa Justa railroad station in Sevilla. We got round trip tickets to Cordoba on the AVE. There was just a few minutes to spare before train departure time.

Locations: Rio Guadalquivir.
Full Size ImageRio Guadalquivir where crossed by the AVE between Sevilla and Cordoba  

I recognized the Rio Guadalquivir when we crossed it.
  This was the first time my wife and I visited the Mezquita as it has been under repair our previous visits.
  We got on the bus from the train station, but then missed our stop to get off. So we had a very complete tour of eastern Cordoba, I think.
  Inside the Mezquita was very impressive. This location was a Roman bath, and maybe something else before it became a Christian church, a mosque, and a Christian church again.
  We tried to visit the Alcazar, and nearly cirambulated the entire fort before we learned it was closed for repair.
  Looking for lunch, we walked up through the Juderia until we came to Casa Pepe where we had eaten before. I guess maybe this place is a kind of tourist dive, as they certainly cater to tourists. However, they also do a very nice job of making you feel welcome. They put us in an upstairs room at one end, with lots of room around the table, so we could deal with the children without bothering the other customers. They also recommended food to us. You never know if you're getting taken when you're offered suggestions as a tourist, but these turned out to be very good. One suggestion was an eggplant fried in a batter (tempura eggplant?) with a light sorghum syrup that made it quite palatable. We had the usual salad, I had a nice halibut, and we shared a light white wine that seemed to go with everything.
  Lunch was followed by a slow, meandering walk back to the train station, and then an AVE ride back to Sevilla.
 

Wednesday 15 March 06

 
  This afternoon we went to Triana so that son and daughter in law could buy a gift for the person taking care of their house, and my wife could buy something for Lee, who is taking care of our cat.
  We parked in the parking lot called Paseo Colon on the Sevilla side of the river because the entry and return is relatively easy.
  Exiting from the car park, we walked across the Triana bridge and then into the neighborhood of tile shops. We went to the largest tile shop where there were many options to choose from. After buying the tile, we walked around the block of tile shops, and then to the Triana side of the river were we had various refreshments.
   
 

Thursday 16 March 06

 
  Today we went into Sevilla and visited the Alcazar (fort) and grounds.
  We drove into Sevilla and parked along the river then had a coffee, and walked to the Alcazar.
  Like many such forts in Spain, the building was started by the Moors and then taken over by the Spanish, so it shows a variety of architectures.
 

Friday 17 March 06

 
  Today we left Sevilla driving south to El Puerto de Santa Maria, where we will pick up son in law after work. Thenmorrow we are going to Zahara de los Atunes, a small town on the Atlantic Ocean near the Straits of Gibraltar.
  We ate lunch in El Puerto while the rain beat down on the roof above, then drove to Zahara.
  The weather was not too good, and we made a couple of attempts to get out, but nothing too serious or too successful.
 

Saturday 18 March 06

 
  Saturday morning, Colin had a high fever. We asked at the front desk of the hotel about a doctor. They directed us to a clinic in Barbate. my daughter, son, and daughter in law went in with Colin. They had no wait, and were seen immediately by a doctor. Because it was a Social Security clinic, there was no way to pay for the services, and the only cost was a couple of Euros for amoxicillin at the drug store across the street.
  From Barbate, we visited Vejer de la Frontera, a white town on top of a hill. It took us a while to find a place to park both cars.
  Then we got out and walked the of narrow streets across the top of the hill. We tried to eat in a Restaurante El Jardin del Califa, but they could not accomodate the size of our party for inside seating (it was raining) without a reservation. Instead we ate across the plaza at Restaurante Trafalgar. I had the roast lamb, very good, but not the best I've ever had.
  The rain was a bit bothersome, but we didn't let it stop us.
   
 

Sunday 19 March 06

 
  Sunday, we left Zahara and stopped for a hike in the umbrella pine forests near Barbate.
  From Barbate we drove to Conil, where we walked on the beach, and then had lunch.
  We drove to El Puerto, and had a coffee with son in law's brother: Julio, and his family: Pamen, Marta and Julito.
  From El Puerto we drove to San Lucar de Barrameda where we stayed in Hotel Partner Doñana.
 

Monday 20 March 06

 
  On Monday we had reserved a tour of the Donana National Park, a wildlife sanctuary where the River Guadalquivir enters the Atlantic Ocean. Lots of birds there, but no bird flu yet in Spain -- yet.
  In the morning we took a boat ride up the river getting off several times for a guided tours of the plains, forests, and salt marshes.
  Our lunch on the river included Gambas al aljillo (prawns in garlic sauce) and Acedias (sand dabs?), while sampling the local sherry, a specialty of this region.
  Last night we watched the pilgrims return from a pilgrimage to Rocio. They go through the national park of Donana, and then ride a ferry across the Rio Guadalquivir. There were hundreds of carts, and ferrying them all across the river took more than eight hours.
 

Tuesday 21 March 06

 
  Today we are returned to Bormujos from Sanlucar de Barrameda.
 

Wednesday 22 March 06

 
  Wednesday, son and daughter in law went to Aracena, in the mountains north of Sevilla.
  I stayed in Bormujos and my daughter took me to the doctor. After a consultation, it was decided that I had a sinus infection following a cold, and an antibiotic was prescribed.
   
 

Thursday 23 March 06

 
  We stayed local on Thursday, getting ready to fly home on Friday.
 

Friday 24 March 06

 
  Today we flew home from Sevilla.

Locations: Eastern Star Wash.
Full Size ImageEastern Star Wash in the Shadow Mountains.  

The field trip for 2006's Desert Research Sympoium started with a visit to several locations on California Highway 127 north of Baker. Our first stop was in Eastern Star Wash on the west edge of the Shadow Mountains.

Up the wash we could see the water tank at the Eastern Star Mine. This road used to go all the way through to the Power Lines near Riggs wash, but now the way is blocked by a wilderness area.

Literature Cited:
- Reynolds, Robert E., 2006.

Locations: Eastern Star Wash.
Full Size ImageField trip stop in Eastern Star Wash.  

This is field trip Stop 1-1 in Reynolds (2006). We parked here and walked across to the reddish outcrop on the other side of the wash.


Full Size ImageField trip stop in Eastern Star Wash.  
From our parking place we walked across several branches of Eastern Star Wash to the small outcrop of reddish sediments.

Full Size ImageGomphothere tracks.  
There were tracks left by Miocene gomphotheres, antelopes, and camels.

Some of the gomphothere tracks were up to 12 inches in diameter.


Full Size ImageSomeone hollered, "There are bird tracks up here," setting off a mad scramble.  
Just as we were getting ready to leave, someone hollered, "There are bird tracks up here!" This set off a mad scramble up the loose shale slope. I enjoyed the scene from below, so I have no photograph of the tracks. There were described as a little indistinct, but definitely bird tracks.

Other articles: Kingston Wash Road 14000

Locations: Silurian Hills.
Full Size ImageSilurian Hills, as seen from the north.  

On our way back to California Highway 127, we were delayed by a flat tire. To the south we had a nice view of the Silurian Hills. Our vehicle decided we would prefer to take the next few local field trips stops rather than driving up to Shoshone. So, at the Tonopah and Tidewater road bed in Valjean, we turned left, to the south.

Literature Cited:
- Reynolds, Robert E., 2006.

Other articles: Tonopah & Tidewater 42100
Full Size ImageCut on the former Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad.  

This is field trip Stop 1-2 in Reynolds (2006) in a road bed cut of the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad.

The red sediments filled an extending Miocene basin between 12 and 10 million years ago. The presence of Tapeats Sandstone in a red groundmass suggests a source from weathered sediments that occur only at the Tapeats locality on the north side of Clark Mountain.

Other articles: Glossary liesegang

Locations: Silurian Hills.
Full Size ImageLiesegang weathering in the Silurian Hills.  

We got back into the car and drove a little way further to the next field trip stop.

This is Field Trip Stop 1-3 from Reynolds (2006).

I had been here before to see the Liesegang weathering. This is a pre-Miocene erosional surface over which were thrust carbonate gravity slide blocks from the west. The previous field trip I was distracted by the plants, and did not see the weathering feature. Of them, I can only remember the Abronia villosa.

Locations: Silurian Hills.
Full Size ImageBrian and Joe review the stratigraphy of the Silurian Hills.  

From the Liesegang weathering location, the view of the Silurian Hills in the afternoon light was stunnning. Brian and Joe talked about the stratigraphy on display while I hunted for additional examples of the Liesegang weathering.

We drove up to take a look at the strongly accented strata on the left side of the photo.

Then we drove down between "The Islands" to the playa of Silurian Lake.

Locations: Silurian Lake.
Full Size ImagePhotography on Silurian Lake in the late Afternoon  

We stopped in the center of Silurian Lake for a view and some photography.

Other articles: California Highway 127 24599
Full Size ImageSilurian Hills in the late afternoon.  

To the east, the Silurian Hills were lighted up by the setting sun.

Full Size ImageRidge lines silhouetted by the setting sun.  
To the northwest was an classic view of distant ridge lines silhouetted by the setting sun.

After taking in the view, we continued our crossing of Silurian Lake, and then returned to Zzyzx for some attitude adjustment and dinner.

 

Sunday, 23 April 2006

 

Other articles: Zzyzx Road on shore of Soda Lake
Full Size ImageView of the Hollow Hills and Turquoise Mountain across Soda Lake.  

This morning I left Zzyzx, stopping along the shore of Soda Lake for a view of the Halloran Hills and Hollow Hills. I will be traveling through these hills later in the day.

Other articles: Zzyzx Road on shore of Soda Lake
Full Size ImageSoda Mountains from the shores of Soda Lake.  

Also to the north are the Soda Mountains, an area I have never explored.

Other articles: California Highway 127 at Silver Lake (site)

Locations: Silver Lake (site).
Full Size ImageFoundations at Silver Lake (site).  

After filling the gas tank in Baker, I drove north on California Highway 127 to Silver Lake.

I saw these footings at Silver Lake. The pattern of these footings suggested they may have supported a water tank on the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad.

However, at home later I noticed that the Tonopah and Tidewater road bed was closer to Silver Lake.

Other articles: Halloran Springs Road 70020
Full Size ImageView across Silurian Valley to Soda Mountains  

I started up the road labelled as Halloran Springs Road on several maps. The road became more and more faint until it dropped into a wash. Not able to navigate the drop off, I followed some tracks until they also turned around. Not wanting to turn around, I crossed a berm into a small wash. Followed this small wash a little way upstream, and then crossed another berm that gave me access to a power line tower. From the power line tower, I followed the power company access road out to the main Power Line Road.

Other articles: Halloran Springs Road 70010

Locations: Kavorka Hills.
Full Size Image"Kavorka Hills"  

I came across this sign for "Kavorka Hills," about which I have no other information.

Missed the turn off for Thompson's Silver Lake to Goodsprings route, and finally turned up a small road along a wash.

Other articles: Halloran Springs Road 38000
Full Size ImageView west from Halloran Springs Road.  

When I got to the top of a ridge, I realized that I had missed Thompson's route again. So I returned along Halloran Springs Road until I found a road junction.

Other articles: Halloran Springs Road 43921 Routes to Water 207004881
Full Size ImageRoad intersection in the Halloran Hills.  

This road junction is marked by two poles, one of which can been seen sticking out of the hood of my car, but no sign.

I stopped here and walked a little way northwest on the route and then took this photo back toward my car parked at the junction.

Other articles: Halloran Springs Road 43922 Routes to Water 207004882
Full Size ImageThompson's (1921) Route to Silver Lake from Goodsprings  

Turning around, it did not appear that anyone had used this route in quite some time.

Other articles: Routes to Water 207004879
Full Size ImageThompson's (1921) Route to Silver Lake from Goodsprings  

Looking forward, the same might be said for this short section toward Turquoise Mountain.

Other articles: Halloran Springs Road 37501

Locations: Wander Mine.
Full Size ImageOverview of Wander Mine  

From the crossroads of Thompson's Silver Lake to Goodsprings route and Halloran Springs Road, I returned on Halloran Springs Road to the Wander Mine, sometimes called the Wonder, the Wanderer, Huyten's Mine, or James Hyten's Mine.

Other articles: Halloran Springs Road at Cree Camp Road
Full Size ImageRoad Intersection in Halloran Hills  

This is the road junction with Halloran Springs Road, the road to Cree Camp, and nearby, a road to Turquoise Mountain.

This photo was taken from a dump of the Wander Mine.

Locations: Wander Mine.
Full Size ImageWorkings at the Wander Mine  

The workings at the Wander Mine are spread over a 1/4 mile or so, on a ridge of low relief, from southwest to northeast.

Other articles: BLM Route NN 580 (Cree Camp Road) 38000
Full Size ImageRoad to Cree Camp.  

From the Wander Mine I headed south for Cree Camp. This is a slow road because it crosses many small watercourses each with a small dip.

Other articles: BLM Route NN 580 (Cree Camp Road) above Cree Camp  

 

Other articles: BLM Route NN 580 (Cree Camp Road) near Cree Camp

Locations: Cree Camp.
Full Size ImageCree Camp  

Cree Camp consists of a two room cabin and a second single room cabin a little way away.

Locations: Cree Camp.
Full Size ImageBuilding at Cree Camp.
Full Size ImageBuilding at Cree Camp.  

This cabin was quite small but the metal roof was still in pretty good shape.

The roof and shade porch of the two-room cabin were in pretty bad shape, but the cabin could still be made habitable.

Literature Cited:
- Mann, Bill, 1999.

Other articles: BLM Route NN 580 (Cree Camp Road) at Hytens(?) Well

Locations: Hytens Well.  

On my return to the Wander Mine from Cree Camp, I recognized the wells on either side of the road from a photograph in Bill Mann's (1999) Guide to 50 Interesting and Mysterious Sites in the Mojave. Mann (1999) describes this well as being Hytens Well. It is, however, quite some distance from Hytens Well as shown on the Turquoise Mountain Quadrangle.
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Location of Hytens Well.
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Well near Cree Camp.

Other articles: BLM Route NN 580 (Cree Camp Road) at Wander Mine

Locations: Wander Mine.
Full Size ImageWorkings at the Wander Mine  

Back at the Wander Mine, I checked out some of the lower workings, but did not find anything remarkable.

Other articles: Halloran Springs Road near Turquoise Mtn

Locations: Turquoise Mountain.
Full Size ImageView of Turquoise Mountain from Wander Mine  

From the Wander Mine there was a nice view of Turquoise Mountain to the northeast.

Determined to find Hytens Well, I continued east on Halloran Springs Road to the location shown on USGS maps.


Full Size ImageHoist anchor at unknown mine.  
I did not find a "well" at the location shown on the map as Hytens Well.

I did find this mine shaft and hoist anchor. However, this mine is not shown on maps, and I believe is a short distance past the location shown for Hytens Well.


Full Size ImageMine shaft at unknown mine.  
 

Other articles: Halloran Springs Road 29620

Locations: Solomons Knob.
Full Size ImageSolomons Knob and Bull Spring Wash in the Halloran Hills  

While here I had a little lunch and enjoyed the view of Solomons Knob from vicinity of Hytens Well.

Other articles: Routes to Water 207004751
Full Size ImageOld road to Silver Lake.  

Returning to Halloran Springs Road, I traveled past the Wander Mine again and turned up the road to Turquoise Mountain. Here I found the junction with the unused route to Silver Lake.

There is a pole here with an orange traffic cone on top.

  Road north toward Turquoise Mountain from Halloran Springs Road. I think this might be BLM Route NN 581.

Other articles: Routes to Water 207004700
Full Size ImageRoad near Turquoise Mountain  

Up in the canyon, where the road climbs toward Turquoise Mountain, I paused for a view to the north west of the road, and to think of people driving their Model T's up this road in the 1920's.

Locations: Turquoise Mountain.
Full Size ImageCommunications equipment on top of Turquoise Mountain.  

I continued up the canyon, then turned up the paved road to the top of Turquoise Mountain.

After enjoying the view for a few minutes, I returned to Turquoise Mountain Road to make my way to Francis Spring.

Other articles: Routes to Water 207004400
Full Size ImageRoad to Francis Spring.  

I turned off the paved Turquoise Mountain road on Thompson's (1921) route in the direction of Francis Spring.

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Full Size ImageBetween Turquoise Mountain and Francis Spring  

This was a good little road, if a little narrow. At one point, a creosote bush bent my radio antenna. There was not much in the way of expansive vistas, but some of the local view were nice, such as this view northeast toward a small knob of granite.

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Full Size ImageBetween Francis Spring and Turquoise Mountain.  

 

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Full Size ImageJoshua Tree beside the road.  

 

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Full Size ImagePond near Francis Spring.  

The road passed across the upper end of a small pond. This pond is not mentioned by Thompson (1921). From the pond the road crossed a small divide into a watershed containing Francis Spring.

Other articles: Routes to Water at Francis Spring

Locations: Francis Spring.
Full Size ImageFrancis Spring  

Francis Spring is a very unfortunate spring. A pond has been scooped out, into which have been inserted various pieces of portable fencing and orange plastic construction fence. This has had no constructive effect, as the there is nothing to prevent cows or burros from wading into the pond and fouling it.

Other articles: Routes to Water 207003760
Full Size ImageLooking into Shadow Valley from Francis Spring  

View down the canyon from Francis Spring, looking northeast across Shadow Valley to the southern Mesquite Mountains.

This was as far as I went on this road, checking out the view, and then returning the way I came.

Other articles: Francis Spring Road near Solomons Knob

Locations: Solomons Knob.
Full Size ImageSolomon's Knob from Francis Springs Road.  

Driving down Francis Spring Road toward Halloran Spring, there were varying perspectives on Solomons Knob.

Other articles: Francis Spring Road near Bull Spring

Locations: Bull Spring.
Full Size ImageBull Spring with Solomons Knob in the background.  

Drove briefly into Bull Spring. Did not see any water in the spring. However, there was some fresh green grass growing around the dead cat tails.

Other articles: Francis Spring Road in Bull Spring Wash

Locations: Bull Spring Wash.
Full Size ImageBull Spring Wash looking northeast.  

Francis Spring Road is a good road and easy to drive except for getting a little rough in the limestone allivium near Francis Spring. I wonder why limestone makes such lousy roads?

Other articles: Francis Spring Road in Bull Spring Wash

Locations: Bull Spring Wash.
Full Size ImageBull Spring Wash, looking downstream to the southwest.  

 

Other articles: Halloran Springs Road 13110

Locations: Halloran Springs.
Full Size ImageHalloran Spring  

I stopped briefly at Halloran Spring and then got on US Interstate 15 crossing Shadow Valley and Mountain Pass into Ivanpah Valley.

Other articles: Nipton Road near US I-15
Full Size ImageNipton across the Ivanpah Valley.  

View of Nipton across the Ivanpah Valley.

Other articles: Nipton Road 10710
Full Size ImageCastle Peaks across the Ivanpah Valley.  

Castle Peaks to the southeast.

Other articles: Nipton Road 27990

Locations: Nipton.
Full Size ImageHotel Nipton  

 

Locations: Nipton.
Full Size ImageInside Hotel Nipton  

 

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Locations: Murphy Well.
Full Size ImageMurphy Well and the Ivanpah Mountains  

 

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Locations: Murphy Well.
Full Size ImageMurphy Well  

 

Literature Cited:
- Vredenburgh, Larry M., Gary L. Shumway, and Russell D. Hartill, 1981.

Locations: Hytens Well. Wander Mine.  

5-May-06

Found the following in Vredenburgh, Shumway, and Hartill (1981):
One other property that was being mined in 1911 was the Jumbo claim of the Wonder (or Wanderer) Mine group 5 miles northwest of Halloran Springs. James S. Hyten with a Mr. Dunwoody worked this mine near Washington Wells. … Today, Washington Wells has been renamed Hyten Well after the man who spent so much time there.
Quoted from Barstow PrinterJune 2, 1911, January 26, February 9, 16, 1912; Calico Print March 1 1885.
 

Friday, 2 June 2006

 

Other articles: California Highway 120 18600

Locations: Don Pedro Reservoir.
Full Size ImageDon Pedro Reservoir where crossed by CA Highway 120.  

Other articles: California Highway 120 18601
Full Size ImageDon Pedro Reservoir and Jacksonville Road bridge.  


Full Size ImageMerced River at Swinging Bridge.  

Full Size ImageMerced River just below Happy Isles.  

Full Size ImageMerced River just below Happy Isles.  

Full Size ImageTom by the Merced River  

Full Size ImageCheryl by the Merced River  
 

Saturday, June 3, 2006

 

Full Size ImageCheryl's photo of the Silver Apron.  

Full Size ImageView from top of Nevada Fall.  

Full Size ImageMerced River bridge at top of Nevada Fall  
 

Sunday, June 4, 2006

 

Other articles: Wards Ferry Road 60010
Full Size ImageWards Ferry Road bridge over Deer Creek.  

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Full Size ImageDon Pedro Reservoir on the Tuolumne River at Ward's Ferry.  

Other articles: Wards Ferry Road 49990
Full Size ImageDon Pedro Reservoir on the Tuolumne River at Ward's Ferry.  

Other articles: CA Highway 108 at Pinecrest  

 

Locations: Pinecrest Lake.
Full Size ImagePinecrest Lake  

Locations: Pinecrest Lake.
Full Size ImageSwimming beach at Pinecrest Lake.  

Locations: Pinecrest Lake.
Full Size ImageSailing on Pinecrest Lake.  

Other articles: CA Highway 108 near Columns of the Giants  


Full Size ImageColumnar jointing at Columns of the Giants.  

Locations: Columns of the Giants.
Full Size ImageEnd of the Trail at Columns of the Giants.  

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Full Size ImageView of Columns of the Giants  

Other articles: CA Highway 108 71000
Full Size ImageInner-Tubing on Sonora Pass.  

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Full Size ImageSonora Pass early in June.  

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Full Size ImageLeavitt Meadow from Overlook.  

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Locations: Leavitt Falls.
Full Size ImageLeavitt Falls from Overlook.  

Other articles: CA Highway 108 near USMC MWTC

Locations: USMC Mountain Warfare Training Center.
Full Size ImageUSMC Mountain Warfare Training Center from Leavitt Meadow Overlook.  

 

Other articles: U. S. Highway 395 northwest edge of Bridgeport Valley
Full Size ImagePanorama of Bridgeport Valley  

Other articles: U. S. Highway 395 northwest edge of Bridgeport Valley
Full Size ImageBridgeport Valley, just west of Bridgeport  

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Full Size ImagePanorama of Mono Lake near Conway Summit  

Other articles: Mono Lake Basin Flora Introduction U. S. Highway 395 at Mono Lake Vista
Full Size ImageWest shoreline of Mono Lake.  

Other articles: Kingston Road near Winters Pass
Full Size ImageGoogleEarth image with aircraft flying over Mesquite Mountains.  

 
 

Monday, June 5, 2006

 

Other articles: U. S. Highway 395 in Lee Vining in Lee Vining

Locations: Lee Vining.
Full Size ImageDowntown Lee Vining.  

Locations: Lee Vining Creek.
Full Size ImageLee Vining Creek near downtown Lee Vining  

Locations: Negit Island.
Full Size ImageNegit Island from Mono Basin Visitor Center  

Locations: Paoha Island.
Full Size ImagePaoha Island from the Mono Basin Visitor Center  

Other articles: California Highway 167 near US Hwy 395
Full Size ImageLooking east on California Highway 167  

Other articles: California Highway 167 near US Hwy 395 Eastern Mojave Geology stabilized dunes
Full Size ImageStabilized dunes along California Highway 167  

Literature Cited:
- Pavlik, Bruce Michael, 1985.

Other articles: California Highway 167 near Mono Dunes Eastern Mojave Geology stabilized dunes
Full Size ImageSand dunes near Mono Lake.  

A road to the south gives access to the shore of Mono Lake and the sand dunes. There are sand dunes on both the north and south sides of California Highway 167 for several miles. A description of the Mono Dunes studied by Pavlik (1985) suggests that he studied the dunes to the north.

Other articles: California Highway 167 near Bodie & Benton roadbed
Full Size ImageCrossing of the Bodie & Benton Railroad  

Bodie and Benton R. R.

Surveyed in March, 1881, and completed in December 1881. With materials hauled from Hawthorne, Nevada, through Bodie to this road bed, at a cost of one million dollars. This narrow gauge railway carried timber supplies 31.74 miles from Mono Mills to Bodie station, rising in grade 2074 feet to an elevation of 8500 feet. Operations continued until 1918, when decreased mining activity caused the railroad to be dismantled.

Dedicated September 13, 1969

  • Bodie Chapter, E. Clampus Vitus
  • Mono County Board of Supervisors
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    Full Size ImageNevada State boundary at end of California Highway 167.  

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    Full Size ImageCalifornia State boundary at end of NV Hwy 359  

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    Full Size ImageView of Mono Basin and the Sierra Nevada from Anchorite Pass  

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    Locations: Anchorite Pass.
    Full Size ImageAnchorite Pass  

    An anchorite is a person who has retired into seclusion for religious reasons.

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    Full Size ImageUS Army Demolition Area.  

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    Full Size ImageFormer railroad roadbed in Luning, Nevada.  

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    Full Size ImageOld house in Luning.  

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    Full Size ImageThe Long Branch Saloon in Luning, Nevada  

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    Full Size ImageView of Candelaria from US Hwy 95  

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    Full Size ImagePanorama of Candelaria  

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    Full Size ImageLocation of former mill in Candelaria.  

    Literature Cited:
    - Shamberger, Hugh A., 1978.

    Other articles: Candelaria Road in Candelaria
    Full Size ImageF. M. Tarpey's stone store building in Candelaria.  

    I believe this to be F. M. Tarpey's stone store front. Compare to photograph 49 on page 50 of Shamberger (1978).

    Other articles: Candelaria Road in Candelaria
    Full Size ImageBuilding in Candelaria.  

    Other articles: Candelaria Road in Candelaria
    Full Size ImageBuilding in Candelaria.  

    Literature Cited:
    - Barneby, Rupert C., 1977.

    Other articles: William H. Shockley 1 Candelaria Road Candelaria

    Locations: Candelaria.  

    One of two remaining stone store fronts in Candelaria, I believe this one to be the Esmeralda Bank Building. Compare this photograph to photograph 45 on page 44 of Shamberger (1878). The bank closed in 1884.
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    Esmeralda Bank Building in Candelaria.

    Other articles: Candelaria Road in Candelaria
    Full Size ImageNorthern Belle Pit at Candelaria  

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    Locations: Columbus Salt Marsh.
    Full Size ImageColumbus Salt Marsh  

    Locations: Columbus Salt Marsh.
    Full Size ImageSpring on Columbus Salt Marsh  

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    Locations: White Mountains.
    Full Size ImageWhite Mountains and Volcanic Hills across Columbus Salt Marsh  

    View across the Columbus Salt Marsh to the Volcanic Hills and the White Mountains.

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    Full Size ImageView of Tonopah from the west.  

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    Locations: Tonopah.
    Full Size ImageMain street of Tonopah.  

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    Full Size ImageStake along US Highway 95.
    Full Size ImageStake along US Highway 95.  

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    Locations: Amargosa River.
    Full Size ImageAmargosa River at north end of Beatty  

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    Locations: Amargosa River.
    Full Size ImageAmargosa River south of Beatty  

    Other articles: U. S. Highway 95 at Fluorspar Road

    Locations: Amargosa River.
    Full Size ImageAmargosa River south of Beatty  

    Literature Cited:
    - Trexler, Dennis T., and Wilton N. Melhorn, 1986.

    Other articles: Singing and Booming Sand Dunes Big Dune, Nevada U. S. Highway 95 near Big Dune

    Locations: Big Dune.  

    Full Size Image
    Big Dune from US Highway 95

    Locations: Ivanpah (#1).
    Full Size ImageView from the site of the original Ivanpah, now called Ivanpah Springs.  

    Literature Cited:
    - Casebier, Dennis G., 1988.

    Locations: Coliseum Gorge.
    Full Size ImageColiseum Gorge from Ivanpah  

    This is about milepost 174 in Casebier (1988).

    Locations: Coliseum Mine.
    Full Size ImageThe Big Hole at the Coliseum Mine  

    Locations: Clark Mountain.
    Full Size ImageClark Mountain as seen from the Coliseum Mine  


    Full Size ImageHeading down from the Coliseum Mine.  

    Full Size ImageMill alongside the road.  

    Full Size ImageUtah Agave (Agave utahensis) near Clark Mountain  

    Full Size ImageRelaxing in Mid Hills Campground.  
    My sister said this about the photo, "… and the photo of you in the campground looks, well, like you." I wonder what she meant by that?

    Full Size ImageSunset in Mid Hills Campground  
     

    June 7, 2006

     

    Full Size ImageGolden Eagle in the Mid Hills Campground  

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    Full Size ImageDesert Bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata glandulosa) resprouting after the Hackberry Complex Fire.  

    Purshia tridentata (Pursh) DC var. glandulosa (Curran) M. E. Jones resprouting after the Hackberry Complex Fire. There were a few plants of this species resprouting. However, there were not many, and I would suggest they are more likely damaged by fire than other species.

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    Full Size ImageYellow 201 at Pinto Mountain on 7-Jun-06.  

    This is a new seedling in 2006 at Pinto Mountain. It is very small.

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    Full Size ImageYellow 101 at Pinto Mountain on 7-Jun-07.  


    Full Size ImageWhite 142 at Pinto Mountain on 7-Jun-06.  

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    Full Size ImageYellow 116 at Pinto Mountain on 7-Jun-06.  

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    Full Size ImageYellow 204 at Pinto Mountain on 7-Jun-06.  

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    Full Size ImageYellow 205 at Pinto Mountain on 7-Jun-06.  

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    Full Size ImageYellow 206 at Pinto Mountain on 7-Jun-06.  

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    Full Size ImageBlue 73 at Pinto Mountain on 7-Jun-06.  

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    Full Size ImageYellow 207 at Pinto Mountain on 7-Jun-06.  

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    Full Size ImageYellow 208 at Pinto Mountain on 7-Jun-06.  

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    Full Size ImageYellow 209 at Pinto Mountain on 7-Jun-06.  

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    Full Size ImageYellow 210 at Pinto Mountain on 7-Jun-06.  

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    Full Size ImageLycium andersonii 1 year after being burned.  

     

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    Full Size ImageVerbena gooddingi 1 year after the fire.  

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    Full Size ImageYucca brevifolia resprouting 1 year after the Hackberry Complex fire.  

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    Full Size ImageRoad to Winklers Cabin, June 7, 2006  

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    Full Size ImageRoad to Winklers Cabin, June 7, 2006  

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    Full Size ImageCanyon Live Oak (Quercus chrysolepis Liebm.) 1 year after the Hackberry Complex Fire.
    Full Size ImageCanyon Live Oak (Quercus chrysolepis Liebm.) resprouting after the Hackberry Complex Fire.  

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    Full Size ImageYellow 231 at Wild Horse Mesa on 7-Jun-06.  

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    Full Size ImageYellow 103 at Wild Horse Mesa on 7-Jun-06.  

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    Full Size ImageWhite 152 on 7-Jun-06  

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    Full Size ImageWhite 153 on 7-Jun-06  

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    Full Size ImageYellow 235 on 7-Jun-06.  

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    Full Size ImageWhite 168 on 7-Jun-06.  

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    Full Size ImageWhite 167 on 7-Jun-06.  

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    Full Size ImageEphedra viridis resprouting one year after the fire.  

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    Locations: Mid Hills Campground.
    Full Size ImageCamp site #25 in Mid Hills Campground 1 year after the Hackberry Complex Fire  

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    Full Size ImageLobo Point plot 1 year after fire.  

    Locations: Coalinga Mineral Springs.
    Full Size ImageGeneral view of (then) Fresno Hot Springs
    Full Size ImageGroup photo at Fresno Hot Springs  

    26-Aug-06

    Received these photos from Ed Kreyenhagen. Ed writes that, "I am part of the Kreyenhagen Family that still lives in Coalinga. The family started in this area in 1875.

    "The mineral springs was acquired from a foreclosure of a loan of just a few hundred dollars. This was a real part of their family business in those early years. They leased it later and finally sold it in the 1930s.

    "Kreyenhagen Peak, Kreyenhagen Shale, Kreyenhagen Hills [are] all named after Gustav and Julia and their 5 children, Adolph, Emil, Hugo, Charles, and Bertha."

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    Photograph of hotel at Fresno Hot Springs
     

    Friday, September 22, 2006

     

    Other articles: California Highway 120 at Olmstead Point

    Locations: Half Dome.
    Full Size ImageHalf Dome from Olmstead Point  

     

    Other articles: California Highway 120 at Tenaya Lake

    Locations: Tenaya Lake.
    Full Size ImageTenaya Lake from Olmstead Point  

    View of Tenaya Lake from to top of the view point at Olmstead Point.

    Locations: Tenaya Lake.
    Full Size ImageLunch at Tenaya Lake  

    We stopped for lunch at Tenaya Lake.

    Other articles: Saddlebag Lake Road at Saddlebag Lake

    Locations: Saddlebag Lake.
    Full Size ImageSaddlebag Lake from the resort area.  

     

    Other articles: California Highway 120 in Lee Vining Canyon  

     
     

    Saturday, September 23, 2006

     

    Other articles: U. S. Highway 395 near Rush Creek
    Full Size ImageView southwest from US Highway 395  

    We started off Saturday morning, headed south on US Highway 395, and were talking about Rush Creek and the June Lakes area. my wife though she would like to go around the loop.
      California Highway 158 turns off to the southwest just before Rush Creek. There is a turnoff to Parker Lake, and then the road goes over a little rise to give a view of Grant Lake. I don’t think the canyon has a name in common usage.

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    Locations: Grant Lake.
    Full Size ImageGrant Lake from the north shore.  

    The road hugs the west side of the canyon, and there is a marina and campground on Grant Lake.
      There is a short, narrow section of the canyon, and then it opens up to Silver Lake. The Rush Creek trailhead is just at the lower edge of Silver Lake.
      We drove by the power station and saw a little bit of the tram tracks. The tram does not run any more.
      Then I tried a few side streets between Silver Lake and Gull Lake. I was hoping to get a view of Rush Creek where it comes down from Agnew Lake into Silver Lake. There is one house that is built right on the rock outcrop. It looks like this might be possible place to climb up on the rock, but one would have to work around some private property.

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    Locations: Carson Peak. Gull Lake.
    Full Size ImageGull Lake, in the June Lakes Loop.  

    We stopped at Gull Lake for a view, and we drove through the neighborhoods a little bit. It may be possible to rent a small house during the summer. This might be an alternative for me to staying in the shared housing at Lee Vining. I will have to make some inquiries.
      From Gull Lake, past June Lake, and then north on US Highway 395 to the Vista Point for the West Portal.
      Somewhere near here, the water from Grant Lake enters a tunnel under the Mono Craters. It then comes out in the Owens River near Owens River Road.

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    Locations: Aeolian Buttes. West Portal.
    Full Size ImageAeolian Buttes  

    Took some photographs of the Aeolian Buttes from the Vista Point. The buttes are composed of Bishop Tuff, i.e., the big eruption from Long Valley caldera. I don't think the interpretative sign gave the thickness of the Bishop Tuff at this location. In Anza-Borrego, I remember it to be about 6 inches thick, and I believe it is on the range of a quarter to half-inch in Nebraska.
      Turned right off of US Highway 395. At this intersection there was a whimsical Tomb of the Unknown Fisherman. The intersection has been re-aligned, and now it has been replaced by the Grave of the Unknown Miner. I did not take a photo because the light was bad.

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    Locations: Panum Crater.
    Full Size ImagePanum Crater  

    Back on California Highway 120, we continued to a spot opposite Panum Crater. Here, I climbed part-way up the hill for a photo of the crater to the north. While this view is OK, it sould be better from higher on the hill. While it took me about 20 minutes to climb the hill, I was back at the car in about five minutes.

    Other articles: California Highway 120 near Panum Crater Mono Lake Basin Flora Walker Lake

    Locations: Bloody Canyon. Bloody Canyon (upper). Mono Pass. Mount Gibbs. Mount Lewis.
    Full Size ImageBloody Canyon  

    Nevertheless, there was a good view of Bloody Canyon to the west in the morning light.

    Literature Cited:
    - Chesterman, Charles W., 1968.

    Other articles: California Highway 120 near Panum Crater

    Locations: Mount Biedeman. Paoha Island.  

    In the center of Mono Lake, just to the right of Panum Crater, is the white Paoha Island. Just behind and a little to the left, Negit Island can be seen. Across the lake, the highest peak is Mount Biedeman. Bodie would be just to the right and behind Mount Biedeman.
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    Paoha Island from small hill near Panum Crater.

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    Locations: South Tufa Area.
    Full Size ImageSouth Tufa Area from a small hill near Panum Crater.  

    Also to the right (east) of Panum Crater is the South Tufa Area. The parking lot is behind the tree branch.

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    Locations: Cedar Hill.
    Full Size ImageView of Cedar Hill acress Mono Lake.  

    Further to the right (east) of Panum Crater, and across Mono Lake is Cedar Hill.

    Literature Cited:
    - Likes, Robert C., 197x.

    Other articles: California Highway 120 at Mono Mills

    Locations: Mono Mills.  

    Continuing on CA Highway 120, we pulled off again at Mono Mills. There is a plaque on the flat above the site of the former lumber mill. All that can be seen are a concrete foundation and some timbers. We drove a little way to the north, looking for the site of the turntable and engine house. I believe we found it. At least we found a likely spot that had a 3 inch shaft and a squared off top. There were other timbers laying around. They had been notched in various places.
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    Mill site at Mono Mills.
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    Location of turntable at Mono Mills.

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    Locations: Big Sand Flat.
    Full Size ImageBig Sand Flat, from the southwest.  

    From Mono Mills, we passed over an unmarked divide, and then dropped down into Big Sand Flat. There were no flowers, as this is late September. When Steve and I came through Big Sand Flat, in mid-July 2005 there were many flowers.
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    Big Sand Flat, looking into the Mono Basin from near Sagehen Summit.
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    Full Size ImageCalifornia Highway 120 begins climbing out of Adobe Valley.  

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    Full Size ImageCalifornia Highway 120 southeast towards the White Mountains.  

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    Full Size ImageThe southern end of Dobie Meadows Road.  

    Immediately upon entering Adobe Valley, we turned northeast on Dobie Meadows Road. It was actually quite some distance, farther than I had expected through the hills to the Adobe Valley Spillway. We went through a few closed basins, on a road that was mostly light sand, with very little rock.

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    Full Size ImageLooking into Adobe Valley.  

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    Full Size ImageLook ahead on Dobie Meadows Road  

    Looking north on Dobie Meadows Road.

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    Full Size ImageAdobe Hills Spillway from a distance.  

    View of the spillway area from the ridge immediately to the south.

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    Full Size ImageAdobe Hills Spillway from the south,  

    Closer view of the spillway.

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    Full Size ImageLooking downstream from the spillway.  

    Looking downstream from the spillway.

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    Full Size ImageLooking north across the spillway.  

    The spillway was easy to recognize, as we came through a small cut, and then saw it before us.
      The spillway itself is not very dramatic. It is not incised, and does not drop away steeply in the direction of the current, to the south.
      The elevation of the spillway is 7203 feet, by the bench mark just off the road.

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    Full Size ImageLooking north, north of the Adobe Hills.  

    In fact, the land drops away much more steeply to the north, and very quickly we were on the former lake beds of Mono Lake. Here the road was a little more sandy, and I could understand the warning that the road was not appropriate for conventional automobiles.

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    Locations: Alameda Well.
    Full Size ImageAlameda Well and buildings, from outside the fence.  

    We did a drive-by of the location of Alameda Well, but it was signed and posted as property of the Flying M Ranch.

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    Back up California Highway 167 we turned east, crossed the stateline into Nevada, and continued on Nevada State Route 359 a short way. At the power lines we turned north on a combination power line road and Toiyabe Forest 058. While Forest Road 058 diverged slightly to the east, we stayed on the power line road, as it seemed to be the better road.
      At a four-way junction, we turned right, returning to Forest Road 058 as it made its way east and a little north across Alkali Valley.

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    Full Size ImageMount Hicks Spillway north across Alkali Valley.  

    The view of North Alkali Valley, also known as Aurora Valley, was dramatic, as was the road where it dropped into the valley.

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    Full Size ImageAlkali Lake from the north.
    Full Size ImageSpillway at pass to north.  

    I could see the shack at Buckram Well to the east, but we continued north on what was not Forest Road 058C. We met our only traffic here, two pickups, one with a trailer, that were returning from a wood gathering expedition.
      The driver of the lead pickup warned us not to continue through on 058C, because there was a burned area with very difficult travel.
      The last part of the road to the spillway was very rough, made of basalt cobbles.

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    Locations: Mount Hicks Spillway.
    Full Size ImageMount Hicks from the spillway bearing its name.  

    The top of the spillway was just a gentle pass, with no incised channel. Again, the steepest slope was on the upstream side, rather than the downstream side.
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    Mount Hicks Spillway, looking downstream

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    Full Size ImageLooking across Mount Hicks Spillway  

    We went up a little side road looking for a place to eat. We found one, but were beset by yellow jackets, as soon as the car stopped. The yellow jackets were not particularly aggressive, but we ate our lunch in the car and moved on rather quickly.
      I did get out and looked around. There were many obsidian flakes at this location. It's in a pass, there is probably water, and there are pinyons for nuts, and to hunt game.
      Our return trip went via Buckram Well. The shack is pretty dilapidated, and looks as though it could fall over any time. There is a corral that had a small barn or shed, now also collapsed.
      On our way out, I found the well. It has a casing of 2 ft diameter corrugated pipe and there is water in the pipe at 6 to 7 feet depth.

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    Full Size ImageCalifornia State Border near Larkin Lake  

    From there, we continued straight out, back to the four way junction, and then straight across toward Larkin Lake.

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    Locations: Larkin Lake.
    Full Size ImageLarkin Lake from the south edge.  

    From a distance the lake appears red, but this is because of the red leaves on the dried up vegetation.

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    Full Size ImagePollywogs, dead pollywogs, and yellow jackets at Larkin Lake.
    Full Size ImageMud hole in Larkin Lake.  

    In the center of the dry lake, a hole has been scooped out, and resulting hole contained some very green water. There were pollywogs in the water, some of which had front and back legs. But many had died. The yellow jackets were swarming to eat the dead pollywogs.

    Later, having returned home, I reviewed the collections of frogs at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ). There are four species of frogs that have been collected in Mono County. They are:

    • Great Basin Spadefoot Toad (Spea intermontana).
    • Mountain Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens).
    • Mountain Yellow-legged Frog (Rana muscosa).
    • Pacific Tree Frog (Pseudacris regilla).
    Of the four species, it seems more likely that the species I found at Larkin Lake is the Great Basin Spadefoot Toad. The true frogs (Rana sp.) and the tree frog (Pseudacris regilla) have been collected in the Sierra Nevada of Mono County, or at the Sierra front, but not out in the Great Basin of Mono County.

    Literature Cited:
    - Dohrenwend, J. C., 1982.

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    Locations: Trench Canyon.  

    From Larkin Lake, we headed west through Trench Canyon. The road was easy as it went over a little rise, but then got very sandy, crossing some dunes, across a lake bed, and then up a much higher hill through some deep sand. We made it, but I was beginning to have some doubts on the steepest part of the sandy hill.
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    Trench Canyon from the southwest.

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    Full Size ImageWest of Trench Canyon.  

    From there on, the road was more or less sandy, but nothing that was particularly threatening.

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    Locations: Lime Kiln.
    Full Size ImageLime Kiln, north shore Mono Lake.  

    We stopped at the Lime Kiln, having missed the Bodie and Benton Roadbed. I noted that there were some excavated tufa deposits here that must have been the source material for the kilns.
      Kirkwood Spring appeared to be occupied by a house, and we continued on Dobie Meadows Road until we reached Cottonwood Canyon Road, also the road to Bodie.
      We took a little shortcut on Cemetery Road from CA Hwy 167 to 395.

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    Locations: Mill Creek.
    Full Size ImageMill Creek near Mono Lake.  

    Stopped to take a photo of Mill Creek, on its way to Mono Lake.

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    Locations: Mono Lake Cemetery.
    Full Size ImageMono Lake Cemetery  

    Then we stopped in the cemetery for a little while to view the headstones.

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    Locations: Mono Lake County Park.
    Full Size ImageBoardwalk to Mono Lake shore at Mono Lake County Park.  

    At Mono Lake Park we took the boardwalk down to see the tufa and the birds. There were many gulls, a few grebes, lots of starlings, a few ducks (ruddy ducks?), and a black bird of robin size with a yellow or orange neck and bib. That one we not sure what it was.
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    Mono Lake at Mono Lake County Park on north shore.
      From there, we came back to the motel, where I am making these notes, while we wait for dinner time.
     

    Sunday, September 24, 2006

     

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    Locations: Ellery Lake.
    Full Size ImageEllery Lake in the morning.  

    The metamorphic rocks behind Ellery Lake were lit up by the morning sun.

    Locations: Cathedral Peak.
    Full Size ImageCheryl near Lembert Dome with Cathedral Peak in background.  

    my wife on the flanks of Lembert Dome with Cathedral Peak in the background.

    Locations: Soda Springs.
    Full Size ImageView of Soda Springs
    Full Size ImageSome springs at Soda Springs  

    We parked at the Lembert Dome trailhead parking lot, and set out for Soda Springs. We got started in the wrong direction and learned the we were headed for Dog Lake. Catching on, we returned to the road cross country. There is a half-mile hike down a dusty road to the real trailhead for Soda Springs. Then another half-mile hike on a flat trail to the springs.

    At Soda Springs there is a small spring mound with red algae around. From there, we walked down to the bridge over the Tuolumne River, and then on a small trail cross country to the Tuolumne Meadows Grill, then back to the Lembert Dome along the highway.

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