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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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