Life on the Open Road (April 2006 - May 2008)

The continuing saga of a single fulltime RVer who travels the western US. This is part one of my journey, from April 2006, when the blog started, to May 2008, when the blog continues at

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I have been a full-time RVer for 18 years, primarily "boondocking," camping free without hookups, in the Western US. I am connected electronically with the world via satellite TV, phone and internet. My batteries are charged solely by solar panels. I welcome your comments and emails.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Alien Landscapes

George Lucas was drawn here to the Trona Pinnacles as a backdrop for Star Wars. Many Sci Fi films use this area for its other-worldly ruggedness. Off we went 25 miles east of Ridgecrest, CA deep into the Mojave Desert to see this phenomenom.

Geologists explain that these are ancient lake-bottom stalagmites like the tufa of Mono Lake.

Enroute we passed this movie crew busily filming.

Another alien landscape is Fossil Falls. The mighty Owens River carved these surreal shapes as it cut through volcanic lava. The Los Angeles aquaduct now channels the river south.

Another adventure - Randy gets stuck. Diana to the rescue. Lesson to be learned: Low-slung vehicles and trailers should cross ditches at an angle - not straight across.


Anonymous roamingbarbara said...

Inquiring minds want to know - how did you get out of the ditch?

Those dessert tufa are really interesting. How do you find these places? Randy's position on the Fossil Falls looks a little scary!

5:14 PM  
Blogger Randy & Diana said...

We considered several options before Diana suggested the winner:
1. chock the trailer wheels.
2 detatch
3.dig the truck out
4. bring it around to the highway, reattach at an angle and happily drive away.
My sweetie is good at puzzles.

We think Lloyd told us about Trona Pinnacles.

And yes, Randy risked life and limb to get out there. You will be pleased to know that he went out there to remove a piece of unsightly trash.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous roamingbarbara said...

I am very impressed - both by your ingenuity and by Randy selfless daring.

8:45 PM  
Anonymous Lloyd said...

Your recent journey is "deja vu" of last fall -- yours and mine.

Heck. If I told you about Trona Pinnacles, I don't remember. However, you did get there and enjoy the really unusual scenery. It is one of those places where the lighting conditions from day to day could result is some very interesting photos. Good job.

11:37 PM  

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