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5/14/2017 Backcountry Adventures Tour, Wind Wolves Preserve, CA - It is mini bus/van, tour and took us to the authorized access only area, seems to there are many dirt roads but not for public to drive through. We went through many gates, where one gate has 7 locks on it. We stopped three small pictographs sites. We didn’t go to the one of the best pictographs cave site that was very disappointed.
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5/13/2017 Traver Ranch, Carrizo Plain National Monument, CA - This place is located west side of the main road, Soda Lake Rd, in Carriozo Plain. Display farming equipment, owner built the house in 800 acres property and crop the wheat and barley in 1940’s. Currently occupied the house by bats, that the way to protect declining the bat population.
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5/13/2017 Carrizo Plain National Monument, CA - I saw a mouse or mole, four owls on the trees, red yellow and black color birds, yellow and tiny amount of black bird. When I was here at last time, everywhere super blooming flowers but not anymore, no more flowers and all brown.
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5/11/2017 Carrizo Plain Pictographs, Carrizo Plain National Monument, CA (7.8 miles) - The gate is closed near the Visitor Center for automobiles, but hike is allowed. The pictographs are mainly red color and one wall full, but some of are already disappeared. I saw victory sign pictographs at far end - maybe these are not so old pictographs, added later.
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5/11/2017 Sauchito Ranch, Carrizo Plain National Monument, CA - Oldest still standing ranch in Carrizo Plain National Monument. This place is located way to go to the Carrizo Plain Pictographs. They use to have a generator for electricity. Looks like power poles are phone line poles. I believe not many visitors come here but someone maintains very well.
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5/10/2017 Kern River, near Isabella Lake, CA (4 miles) - Lot of water running in the river and large trees are in the water, seems to usually the river water run much less. However some people are having fun with white water by rafting. Many places both side of river covered with beautiful rocks.
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5/10/2017 Slippery Rock Petro, near Isabella Lake, CA - There are many rocks around here, Kern River east side, just south of the highway #155. Only one rock has petroglyphs on it. Best time to take photo of this rock is morning when sun hits it from front.
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5/8/2017 Iny-181, near Olancha, CA (6.4 miles) - The petroglyphs location called Iny-181 and there are Iny-179, 180 and 351 are near by. A bridge on the LA Aqueduct is too narrow for me to drive through, so that started hiking, I was at the mouth of the canyon and rain started. That was sacks, I turned back without seeing any petroglyphs.
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5/8/2017 Haiwee Reservoir, near Olancha, CA - This reservoir is located between Olancha and Fossil Falls, and visible from the highway #395. I saw it many times, so that I try to stop by to the reservoir today. I didn’t know that its close to the public access. This reservoir water is drinking water of Los Angeles and sending it via LA Aqueduct.
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5/6/2017 Fossil Falls, CA - This was my 2nd time to go to the bottom of the dry waterfalls, waterfalls view is very nice from the bottom. I was not expected but Tom wants to go there, so I took him. As I told him, there is not much petroglyphs and we couldn’t find any new petroglyphs panes. Thanks Tom to show me a panel atop of the waterfalls.
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5/6/2017 Little Lake Rock Art, CA - Thank you Dr. Alan Garfinkel Gold for let me joined to the tour. Thank you Tom for car pooling and extra effort to show me around. The Little Lake was on my bucket list for while, it was difficult to get there because its in the private property. It was better than expected and I really enjoyed it. It was nice to meet you all URAF members.
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5/3/2017 Sierra Nevada, Owens valley, CA - Still lot of snow atop of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. It’s beautiful, I enjoy seeing it, but start to worry about the snow will melt by this summer or not, because I am planning to hike up all those mountains this summer, where I don’t want to hike on the snow.
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5/3/2017 Yellow Jacket Petro Hunt, Owens Valley, CA - There are 200 petroglyphs in 9 acres range that I read from the Internet. I have good luck to finding petroglyphs, but not at this time, I can’t find even one. If you know the location of the Yellow Jacket Petroglyphs, please let me know. I had a good hike in nice area, even no petroglyphs.
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5/2/2017 Perlite Mine, Owens Valley, CA - It is located west from the Tinemaha Creek Campground in the Fish Springs area. It was large size mine, but its a ghost mine now. Usage of the perlite is mainly building construction products.
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5/2/2017 Birch Creek Petroglyphs, Owens Valley, CA - This place is not far from the Fish Springs Petroglyphs site, I assume the same people made these petroglyphs. It is located bottom of the straight cliff wall on the hill, a means hike up to see it. This site also called Inyo-270.
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5/2/2016 Fish Springs Petroglyphs, Owens valley, CA - Many petroglyphs exist here are not deep enough of carving that caused faded out, a means not good photos came out. But I enjoyed to finding one after another. It is very close to highway #395. This site also called Iny-269.
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5/2/2015 Film History Museum, Lone Pine, CA - The nearby Alabama Hills has been the location of 500-600 movies, and countless number of commercials and television shows. In the museum, there are movie posters all over the walls. I have been to Alabama Hill, click here
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4/25/2017 Hemet Maze, Hemet, CA - There are double perimeter chain link fences to protect the Maze. I am glad that someone protecting it, at the same time I was sad/upset that no way to take photos, the fences are too high even I climb up to the rock, still I can’t get a good photos. The Maze is large in size, about 2ft x 2ft.
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4/25/2017 Mockingbird Canyon Pictographs, Riverside, CA - Pictographs are located east end of the wildness area. Its under the tunnel like rock structure arrangement. Not many pictographs, I saw more graffiti in this wildness area than pictographs.
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4/25/2017 Thich Ca Thien Vien, Riverside, CA - Sakyamuni Buddhist Meditation Association which is the Vietnamese temple. It is located quiet foothill area, and still expanding. I took photos inside the buildings with permission.
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4/25/2017 Tio’s Tacos, Riverside, CA - This is a Mexican restaurant, where Tio is the owner. He made/is making funky fork art with all recycle material from the restaurant. He let me in and show me around his art works with Spanish language, he is an idea man. Crazy? Yes. Interesting? Yes. Fun? Yes.
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4/25/2017 Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, CA - This is a beautiful Hindu Temple. There are construction going on, everything detail oriented. Inside the temple we can walk-in without shoes and no photos. There are many signs and 'Drones Are Prohibited' got my attention, I never see this sign any place before.
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4/24/2017 Huntington Library, San Marino, CA (3 miles) - Its called library, but there are more, few museums, botanical gardens that include Japanese garden, Chinese garden, rose garden and more, total 207 acres of property, we can spend days in this place. 700,000 visitors that last year alone, and about 2,000 employees/volunteers to take care this place. It is overwhelming.
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4/24/2017 M*A*S*H Site, Malibu Creek State Park, CA (5.5 miles) - M*A*S*H (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) is the TV series from 72 to 83, which was one of the highest rated shows in US TV history. Currently some left there but not lot by the Malibu Creek. This park is popular place for film makers, hundreds of films were made from this park.
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4/23/2017 Malibu Temple, Calabasas, CA - This is a Hindu temple, we can walk-in inside the temple without shoes, but no photos. Very detail oriented for all buildings, it is small scale but beautiful temple.
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4/23/2017 Chumash Painted Cave State Historical Park, CA - The road is paved, narrow, steep and winding road to get there. The cave is closed by mesh like but heavy metal door with couple small diamond shape openings that enough to put camera lens and take inside photos. It is amazing pictographs in there with red and black colors.
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4/23/2017 El Camino Real, CA - El Camino Real means The Royal Road or The King’s Highway, this particular place was highway #101 by the central Coast. It is overlook of the Pacific Ocean from the high on the cliff, I didn’t see the sand beach below. Nice to see the ocean view.
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4/23/2017 Spring Fest, Lompoc, CA - Local people enjoy the spring festival in the park. There are Art & Craft corner, Food vendors, Amusement park, motorcycle show and local kids perform on the stage. When I got there, it was little early and everyone busy for preparing to open the business.
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4/23/2017 Flower Farmer, Lompoc, CA - One large field is full of flowers, seem to one kind Snapdragon flower with variety of colors. It is beautiful to see it. However I came back and checked the Internet, there are many more fields with many more different kind flowers that I missed at this time.
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4/22/2017 Painted Rock, Carrizo Plain National Monument, CA - Only guided tour to see this Painted Rock, where winter is another story. The pictographs are very bad shape, can’t figured out what looks like, top pic is recreation of this 40 ft pictographs by Campbell Grant.
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4/21/2017 Caliente Ridge, Carrizo Plain National Monument, CA - The road is heading to TH of the Caliente Mountain. The view from the ridge was spectacular since flowers are super blooming. One mile west from the TH, there were so many flowers both sides of the road, breathtaking to be in the so many beautiful flowers.
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4/20/2017 West Kern Oil Museum, Raft, CA - This is outdoor oil museum, tall wooden oil tower is still standing beautifully. There are many oil drilling related tools in the property. They have indoor museum that more like history museum rather than oil museum.
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4/20/2017 Mountain Spirit Center, near Tehachapi, CA - This is a Korean Temple, and located deep inside the mountain, indeed very spiritual place. The bell building is very colorful and detail oriented building. I saw many Chinese character banners outside of the buildings.
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4/20/2017 Mojave Air and Space Port, Mojave, CA - This place is one of the aircraft graveyards. There is no tour available to see the airplane graveyard nor close enough to see it. All I can do was outside of the restaurant to take some photos. I got some airplane photos from posters inside the building.
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4/18/2017 Bickel Camp, CA - The official name of this place is 'Walt Bickel’s Depression Era Mining Camp and Open Air Museum'. It was closed, gate was closed, that I didn’t know it because I was visited from back of mountain/hill to came down. They never throw-a-way anything, kept everything, that I felt. There are so many items in the property.
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4/18/2017 Bonanza Trail, CA - There are few signs to tell the history of the Bonanza Trail. Also there are few remaining cabins to support the signs. I have visited the Bonanza Post Office, Sear’s Cabin, Jon and Jac Cabin and no name cabin. Maybe there are some more cabins, but that for some other time. Some cabins are someone takes care of it, very nice.
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