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America’s Newest National Park – Pinnacles

February 14, 2013

America’s Newest National Park – Pinnacles

Lichen covered boulders in the foggy chaparral at Pinnacles National Park.

This California Chaparral park is full of lichen covered boulders and high coastal mountain range views!! Some geologist say it’s the other half of the Santa Monica Mountains split into two different ranges long ago by the San Andreas and other faults. I’ve only been to the east side and found it very impressive from a landscape photographer’s point of view. Caves, canyons and high trails into a wilderness setting is what you’ll find there, check it out!! Park site

Pinnacles National Park is located 1 hour east of Monterey, 2 hours south of the San Francisco Bay Area and 4 hours north of the Los Angeles area on hwy 146, near hwy 101. There are two entrances to the park on the East and West Sides of the park. You may drive through King City to get to the other side of the park.

Late spring blooming monkey flower at Pinnacles National Park

Cave at Pinnacles National Park Monument California

See more of images of the wonderful California Chaparral by clicking here.

2 New Proposed Monuments in the Mojave Desert

January 27, 2011

There could be 2 new desert monuments in the Mojave Desert if a proposed bill, the California Desert Protection Act of 2010 is passed.
Here is a little bit of info on how much land is out there and how much is needed for solar projects.

• 23 million acres of California Desert.
• 125,000 acres is needed for an ambitious solar power goal.
• There are 350,000 acres are being looked at by the BLM and are not affected by the Desert Protection Act of 2010.

Green Dilemma: Solar Power in the Mojave from Peter Rhalter on Vimeo.

The desert resembling a Hawaiin Island in the proposed Mojave Trails National Monument
The desert resembling a Hawaiin Island in proposed Mojave National Trails Monument

A large cinder cone in the proposed Mojave Trails National Monument
A large volcanic cinder cone in the proposed Mojave Trails National Monument

An old mining relic along Route 66 in the proposed Mojave Trails National Monument
An old mining relic along Route 66 in the proposed Mojave Trails National Monument

A map to the proposed areas.

More info can be found here on Diane Feinstein’s site and the campaign for the California Desert.

Please help protect the desert’s vital life and resources. Take Action!

Mojave desert tortiose shell and wildflowers.

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