Today, in a fit of defiance and solitary determination, I Jeeped out to Red Rock Canyon solo. Turns out that wasn't too hard to do afterall, but the lack of companionship decreased my inane "bravery" to a level that prevented me from exploring old rundown buildings. I still ogled them from a safe distance though. Below is a summary of the day with geology learning links especially for Kilometres.
I like how my jacket's shadow makes me look like the marshmallow man! Grrr! Beware the pointy stick! I bet it could be a snake-stick too if need be. Thanks sister-dear!
It was a gorgeous sunny day, crisp air, but lots of warm sunshine! I took the opporunity to dry run a field trip I will do this semester and also take photos with my super-awesome 28-105 mm lens. Of course, since I was mainly using the ol' Nikon - I only took a couple of digital snaps to show all my faithful blog-readers. Here I am parked at the edge of a basaltic lava flow (most recent flow 130 000 yrs old atop fabulous columnar-jointed 400 000 yr old basaltic lava flow, annoyingly in a virtually impossible-to-photograph location) by a red cinder cone and "Fossil Falls". No murders today though.
Behind the red cinder cone is a flat expanse of mud cracks and a field of pyroclastics. It's a most surreal landscape (got to test 4wd here!).
And the "gem" of the day has GOT to be this Joshua Tree sculpture. When I first drove by I thought it was a regular tree decorated with some sort of shiny geometric design. I couldn't figure that out, so I figured out how to get to it. Can you guess what it's made out of? Behind are shacks that I desperately wanted to investigate, but vetoed, just in case they were near crazy desert folk with guns who didn't want me investigating.