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Apr
05

Boondocking at the Trona Pinnacles

Boondocking at the Trona Pinnacles

After leaving Seal Beach, CA, Connie and I headed to the Mojave desert for some peace and quiet away from the Los Angeles traffic. We had 2 weeks before we needed to be in the Sequoia National Forest for a manager's meeting for this summer's seasonal work. We had heard about boondocking (dry-camping) at the Trona Pinnacles on BLM managed land. So we decided to check it out. Located about 20 miles from Ridgecrest, CA, the Trona Pinnacles are a "Natural National Landmark". It's about a 5-mile drive on a dirt, bumpy, wash-board road to get to the Pinnacles. Although we could only drive 15mph (max) on this road in the RV, it was worth the drive. A wonderful, quiet area for some quality down time (like we need down time - our entire lifestyle is down time).

However it may appear to you, a visit to the Trona Pinnacles will be a journey into one of the most unusual geologic wonders in the California Desert. This unique landscape consists of more than 500 tufa (calcium carbonate) pinnacles rising from the bed of the Searles Dry Lake basin. These tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet, were formed underwater 10,000 to 100,000 years ago when Searles Lake formed a link in an interconnected chain of Pleistocene lakes stretching from Mono Lake to Death Valley.

In the seven days we stayed at the pinnacles, we only saw about a dozen campers. None stayed near us and they only stayed a day or two. The weather was great and the nights were dark and clear full of stars. I took this time to fly my drone every day, experimenting with new features and settings. Here's the results of a few of these expirements:    (click the "Continue Reading" button below to see the entire article.)

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Feb
18

My Entry into the 3DR Solo Video Competition

My Entry into the 3DR Solo Video Competition

The 3DR Solo Owners Group on Facebook usually hosts a monthly video competition of videos taken with the 3DR Solo. Back in June 2015, I won first prize for a photograph I entered into the 3DR Iris Photo competition.

My entry into this month's video competition added a little humor about a upcoming fictitous feature to be added to the application (Solo App) used to fly the 3DR drone. Here's the video I entered testing this "new" feature, called the "Time Travel" Smart Shot:

The video was taken near Borrego Springs, CA.

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Feb
11

The Dragon at Borrego Springs, CA.

The Dragon at Borrego Springs, CA.

A quick flyby of the Dragon at Borrego Springs, CA.

Artist Ricardo Breceda has created numerous metal sculptures and placed many of them around Borrego Springs, CA. This is only a quick, short view of a large dragon crossing the road.

Filmed using my 3D Robotics Solo.

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Feb
06

Boondocking in Borrego Springs, CA

Boondocking in Borrego Springs, CA

After leaving Quartzsite, AZ, we spent a few nights at the Fortuno Del Oro RV Park in Yuma, AZ. We had picked up a coupon for 3 free nights with full hook-ups.Nice deal! While in Yuma for a few days, we made our annual trek into Los Algadones, Mexico for dental care. Luckily, not much was required this year. We also picked up some fresh shrimp and a couple bottles of Almond Tequila (yum). Normally, we might have moved over to Mitttry Lake near Yuma to spend 10 nights boondocking there. But they recently had another fire there. We drove over to check it out and the place looks terrible! Nothing is left but a few dead, blackened trees and sand. The view of the lake isn't pretty at all. So we decided to skip Mittry and move straight out to Borrego Springs, CA.

We enjoy a nice and quiet boondocking location near the Anza Borrego State Park property and near town. We'll probably stay here for a couple weeks. I couldn't resist shooting another video of us in the desert.

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Jan
31

Aerial View of Ancient Intaglios

Aerial View of Ancient Intaglios

After two weeks boondocking in the desert outside of Quartzsite, AZ, we're about ready to raise the jacks and move to Yuma, AZ. But we'll still be here for a couple more days. We recently picked up a coupon for a free 3-night stay in a RV Park in Yuma. While there, we'll head across the border into Las Algadones, Mexico for a dentistry checkup and cleaning. Then it's back to the desert again near Borego Springs, CA.

While here in Quartzsite, we made a couple day trips to view some ancient "Intaglios" near Bythe, CA and Quartzsite, AZ. These are huge "geoglyphs" formed in the desert floor by scraping away the top dark rock, leaving the lighter colored dirt to show through. Fences were put up around them in 1974, but people had already drove around them, leaving tire tracks.

Here's a short video I made with an aerial view of these Intaglios:

 

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