Fossil Falls Rocks! (Mild Pun Intended)

12 08 2010

I’m sure I’ll be saying this a lot, but this site is by far the best of anywhere we’ve stayed. Very nearby to the north is a dormant cinder cone volcano, colored red by scoria rocks. In every direction are the High Sierras, and the earth is covered in volcanic stone – including glassy obsidian, which look like sparkling diamonds in the sand.

Our site is secluded and costs $3 per night – the first time we’ve paid for camping. (As if $3 can really be considered ‘paying’ for camping.) The fee covers site maintenance – there are eleven sites, and only ours is occupied – along with maintenance of a quaint hand-pumped well, a very cool sight in the middle of the Mojave Desert.

Find The RV - Desert Version

Find The RV - Desert Version

This morning we woke up early for a hike to Fossil Falls. The ‘falls’ were spectacular, a massive rock formation where lava flow was interrupted and cooled by a river flowing over it, thus creating a huge dry canyon with two dry falls. After taking in the view we decided to scramble down the rocks, and had a nice breakfast atop a shady rock, surrounded by steep walls supposedly marked with ancient etchings.

It's So Difficult To Show The Massive Scale Of The Canyon

It's So Difficult To Show The Massive Scale Of The Canyon

Nearing The Falls

Nearing The Falls

I continued hiking later in the day, checking out the nearby dormant volcano and taking some long distance photos of the RV. The weather is surprisingly nice here, with the oppressive heat tempered by a constant breeze. We’ll be here tonight, cooking over a campfire and watching the Perseids in the dark desert. Tomorrow we’ll likely head north to Tuttle Creek, an area surrounded by some of the most impressive peaks in the Sierras.

Until then, we’re enjoying the site. (And sparingly enjoying Verizon’s oddly amazing broadband coverage of the entire Mojave Desert. Cool.)

Us By The RV

Us By The RV

A Lizard Showing Off His Camo

A Lizard Showing Off His Camo

Playing Checkers At The Cooling Center (A Few Days Ago)

Playing Checkers At The Cooling Center (A Few Days Ago)

An Unintentionally Artsy Photo - Check Out My Toe!

An Unintentionally Artsy Photo - Check Out My Toe!

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5 responses

12 08 2010
rb

I hear there’s going to be a meteor shower on the 12th and 13th. There should be some good viewing from where you’re at, I suppose.

12 08 2010
amybetho

We saw a couple of incredible shooting stars last night and supposedly tonight around 12:30 AM is supposed to be even better. Hope you catch some of em, too! 🙂

12 08 2010
jayhorowitz

The astronomer in me came out yesterday, and even more so tonight. The skies here are *almost* as dark as they can get, and the lack of humidity makes the seeing amazing. Tonight should be wild. I made sure to sleep in and I’ll take a nap later today as well.

13 08 2010
Diane

Looks like you’re getting all eleven sites for $3.00. According to my calculations, that’s only 27.3 cents per night. Score! So many stars, so little cash…a lot of “*bang* for your buck. Enjoy!

30 10 2010
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