Posts Tagged ‘National Monument’

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Thanksgiving Perambulation

January 26, 2012

Hold on to your butts.  This is a long one.

I had some time off for the Thanksgiving holiday, whether I wanted it or not.  Being that the four day weekend wasn’t quite long enough to drive the 2200 miles to Ohio and back, I instead took the time for a mini road trip.  I had wanted to head back out to Joshua Tree, if nothing else to see what it looked like when it wasn’t gloomy and raining all day, had been meaning to get up to San Francisco to visit some friends for a while, and there was a green spot on the map between SanFran and LA called Pinnacles National Monument that looked interesting.

Joshua Tree, Take Two

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Wandering through Carrizo Plain National Monument

September 11, 2011

It was Labor Day weekend a week ago, and I figured spending an entire three day weekend in my apartment is kind of lame.  Not knowing L.A. well enough yet to find much to do on the spur of the moment, I cracked open the atlas and started looking over the page with Southern California for anything that sounded interesting.  My eyes centered on “Carrizo Plain National Monument”, a silver dollar sized green spot on the map about four inches from Los Angeles.

I didn’t bother googling the place before leaving; I decided I’d figure it out when I got there.  I grabbed my pack, chucked my bike and a few water bottles in the Cherokee, and set out.  After a couple hours up I-5 and then across a few state routes, I found myself out here:

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