Still at the same OHV park in the Mojave desert but some more about the area around it.


A salt flat located East of Ridgecrest,CA, photographed from near our campsite, looking North.


Grave markers? on a not so well groomed graveyard.  This area we are recreating in, Spangler Hills. It has a lot of these rock formations sprinkled throughout the desert.  It was fun trying to imagine any purpose the rocks or patterns might have or had.


Stone Henge? in the Mojave Desert!  This formation was about a mile from our camp site.


Some of my friends enjoy imagining shapes in clouds, here's one for a rock head, a turtle head coming out of his shell.  This one and the following one, were physically in our camping area.


And a bear, climbing up the back of a rock.


East of where we were camped, is the Trona Towers aka the Pinnacles.  A landscape so unusual, it has been filmed as a backdrop or location for many sci-fi movies due to it's unearthly appearance.  This was also a popular destination for OHV excursions as it is accessible by dirt bikes and 4 wheel ATVs from our campsite, nearly 20 miles away.


Have you been to Mono Lake and observed or photographed the Tufa Towers there?  I know that I have.  These Trona "Pinnacles" are also Tufa Towers.


As you can see, these Tufa towers are on a much bigger and grander scale.  This was once a giant salt lake called Lake Searles.  During it's hay day when there was still water here, these Tufa formed as the result of hot springs melding with the lake chemicals to form these giant vertical structures.
 

It is difficult for me to imagine the time it took to form these or even the era.  Awesome to view though.


And an amazing site to visit.


Our campsite after two rigs had already left.  Me, with my Barbie Camper and my son and his friend with 42' Toy Haulers.  I do believe my camper would fit inside either trailer.  LoL!  On the plus side, I can take my trailer almost anyplace a car can go.  Most of the places I like to camp, have a 25' trailer restriction.  Mine is 17'.

       

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