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  1. roadhound

    Richfield Oil Eagle

    Dave, I appreciate your discretion in not revealing the location of this gem of a time capsule. Too many times I have traveled to what I hope is an intact ghost town only to find that it has already been ransacked and tagged by vandals, especially true in California. Places like this are disappearing fast. Rick
  2. I recently returned from camping trip with my daughter and son near Florence and during one of our day trips we ventured north on 101 to the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. While we where there we checked out the tidepools at low tide and then waited until later in the afternoon to view the spectacle of Thor's Well and other features that become active as the tide comes in. Cape Perpetua is a few miles south of Yachats and easy to miss if you're in a hurry. It's fantastic views from the visitors center and paved trails are worth a stop if you are passing through the area. The ocean's water rushing back into Thor's Well. Churning tidal action as the sea makes it's way down a chasm on the shoreline. US 101 passes over Cooks Chasm
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    Us 50 Drive

    That is a trip I hope to make someday. Thanks for sharing that usroadman.
  4. Dave, Since you asked... The road trip east to Santa Fe was a good one even if much of the 1100 miles driven was on the Interstates. We left the Bay Area and headed down I-5, cutover to 99 at Shafter, made a left at Bakersfield before heading over the Tehachapis to Barstow and I-40. We ended the first day in Kingman with dinner at the El Palacio on Andy Devine Drive, a favorite of ours. Day 2 started with the news that a large earthquake had occurred in Napa overnight, which is 30 miles from our home, and after checking with my son to confirm that our house was still standing we continued east on I-40 to Flagstaff were picked up picnic supplies at the Fry's grocery story before continuing east to Two Guns where we ate our lunch poolside. When traveling I take my family to the nicest places. After lunch we proceeded to Winslow, drove past the corner of West 2nd and North Kinsley and stopped at the La Posada Hotel to look around. The architecture and gardens are worth the time. We stopped in Holbrook for the day but I wasn't done yet. Leaving my wife and daughter at the Motel I proceeded to find my way to the Painted Desert Trading Post, another of the "must see" items on my list. That story is HERE. On Day 3 we only went as far as Gallup but we did take a side trip onto the Navajo Reservation and did some hiking in Canyon de Chelly. On Day 4 we drove a lot of Route 66 blacktop between Gallup and Albuquerque before making a left at Albuquerque and north to Santa Fe. While in Santa Fe we were busy setting my daughter up in her dorm and all the other things freshmen parents have to do but in addition to La Bajada we did make it north to Taos and stopped at the Rio Grande Bridge on US 64. On the return trip west we followed US 550 (with a stop at Chaco Canyon), US 64, and US 160 finally rejoining I-40 at Flagstaff and then back the way we had come. Ancient Doorway in Chaco Canyon Much of what this particular trip was about was getting my daughter to college, which was an emotional ordeal for us all. All along the way I kept hearing the voice of OPP (Over-Protective-Parent) screaming "DO YOU REALIZE WHAT YOUR DOING?", "YOU CAN"T JUST LEAVE HER THERE!!!", and "YOU HAVE DUCT TAPE IN YOUR TOOL KIT, YOU CAN JUST TAKE HER BACK HOME!!!". Fortunately I took enough side trips and stopped at enough places that I was interested in to keep OPP from getting out of control. Roadhound http://rick-pisio.fineartamerica.com
  5. Hey Dave, It was on my list for a long time too and when my daughter got accepted to a college in Santa Fe one of the first things I did was figure out how to get to La Bajada. I am still trying to figure out how to pay for her education but that is a discussion for a different forum. It is fairly easy to get to the base of the hill but approaching the road from the top is a bit of a challenge and not something I would recommend in a sedan. There are a few sections of the dirt road on the upper plateau that are deeply rutted where high clearance is needed. If you happen to be there in monsoon season a 4x4 is almost a necessity. I approached from the top and hiked down and back up the hill. Although the temptation to drive down the road was there I was by myself and did not feel like shredding my new tires on the basalt. When I go out there in the spring I plan on exploring the Route 66 alignment down the hill. Hope you get to make it out there someday. Rick
  6. A few months ago while on a road trip through Santa Fe I took the time to walk the pre-1924 alignment of the the La Bajada Grade. The challenges of the La Bajada escarpment date back to the Spanish settlement of New Mexico and the Camino Real and posed a formidable challenge to transportation along the Rio Grande Valley. In 1909 work started on the roadbed and cuts were made into the solid basalt caprock. Retaining walls built of dry masonry where built to stabilize the roadbed. The project was heralded as an engineering wonder along New Mexico’s Scenic Highway that soon became a part of the National Old Trails Road Ocean-to-Ocean Highway. In 1924 the road was realigned along the upper slopes of the escarpment. With the creation of the federal highway system in 1926, this improved roadway became a part of the U.S. 66 and U.S. 85 alignment. The alignment remained a part of the highway system until 1931 when a new alignment was completed along a gentler slope three miles to the south. Roadhound
  7. In August I took a trip across Arizona and into New Mexico to drop my daughter off in Santa Fe to start her freshman year of college. Along the way I was able to do a little bit of road exploration and reached a destination that had been on my radar for a number of years. Full story is on my blog page HERE Roadhound
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    L H A Conference Plus

    This is as close as I was able to get and I took the picture from 150 feet away from inside the cab of my truck and my father leaning forward in the passenger seat while I discreetly held my telephoto lens behind his back. No, not paranoid at all. Rick
  9. roadhound

    L H A Conference Plus

    Looks like it was a worthwhile road trip. That was too bad about the Goodyear Cutoff. That is on my bucket list of roads to drive that I will probably never have the chance to do, especially if the Air Force is there to muck things up.
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    Us 395 - Lee Vining To Lone Pine

    Last posting from this trip. Mobius Arch is probably the most well known of the arches in the Alabama Hills. I found it to be very photogenic so photographed it at sunset, at midnight under the full moon, and sunrise. Blog posting is HERE Roadhound out
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    Us 395 - Lee Vining To Lone Pine

    Nearly at the end of this journey. Last stop, Alabama Hills. How often do you get to use the words "biotite monzogranite"? Full blog posting is HERE Roadhound
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    Us 395 - Lee Vining To Lone Pine

    Denny, the log in requirement was not intentional but a consequence of trying to stop spam. Thanks for letting me know. I made a change and it should work in the future.
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    Us 395 - Lee Vining To Lone Pine

    Back on 395 now and heading south just past the small town of Independence. Ironically, 6 miles south of Independence is a place that is testament to how fragile our civil liberties are. Complete blog posting is HERE Roadhound
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    Us 395 - Lee Vining To Lone Pine

    On the way back to 395 from the Eureka Dunes I took a side trip and climbed up into the White Mountains to see the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. The road was closed 2 miles from the grove so I left my truck at the gate and hoofed it up the rest of the way. To get to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine forest you follow CA 168 to White Mountain Road. Total driving distance is 23 miles but from the top of the mountain you can see 395 in the valley below. The trees in this grove are old. One tree in particular, The Hatch Tree, has been confirmed to be 5063 years old and is the oldest known non-clonal organism. Link to BLOG Roadhound
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    Us 395 - Lee Vining To Lone Pine

    The Eureka Dunes are indeed at the very north end of the park. The first time that I went to the Eureka Dunes we went out the north end of Death Valley near where Ubehebe Crater and Scotty's Castle is. This time around, coming in from Big Pine, was a much easier drive.
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