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Palm Canyon - Anza Borrego Desert


Another place I visited on my December 2001 vacation was the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, west of San Diego, California. This park encompasses a huge desert area. One particular part of the desert that intrigued me is called Palm Canyon. This is a palm oasis in the midst of a very stark low desert. I walked about a mile and a half over rocky, barren desert terrain. Then, suddenly, the scenery changed to almost a tropical paradise: palm trees, falling water, and blessed shade! On the way back, a storm rolled in over the mountains, which enabled me to get a shot of a rather interesting sky over the desert. While I did not manage to spot any of the bighorn sheep that live in the hills surrounding this desert, I was able to get some nice photos to remember this place by.

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Rhyolite, Nevada


I had been to Rhyolite a year earlier (pre hip surgery). This is a ghost town a couple of hours from Las Vegas that died when it became too expensive to mine gold. At one time, in the early 20th century, it was the third largest city in Nevada. A group of artists from Belgium come to Rhyolite every year to create desert sculptures. You'll find some pictures of their work here, along with photos of the famous bottle house (a house made from beer bottles and mortar), and other pictures of Rhyolite.

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Titus Canyon and Death Valley California


Driving west from Rhyolite, Nevada, one quickly encounters the California state line. Death Valley is just beyond. Off the main road is a one-lane/one-way dirt road that ascends the mountains and then descends to Titus Canyon and Death Valley. With my rented SUV, I took this interesting detour.

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Random files - California-Nevada Dec. 2001
Leadfield Ghost Town66 viewsLeadfield was a short-lived boom town created by unscrupulous developers in the desert on the way to Titus Canyon. The sign tells the story of this ghost town.
Self Portrait79 viewsI was tempted to say that this picture was taken by a helpful desert snake, but I actually used the self-timer.
More Rhyolite Sculptures60 views
Abandoned Truck100 views
Birdies111 viewsThese are unique to the area.

Last additions - California-Nevada Dec. 2001
Birdies111 viewsThese are unique to the area.May 19, 2004
Silhouette of the Famous Bank Building92 viewsMay 19, 2004
Abandoned Truck100 viewsMay 19, 2004
Old Shed109 viewsMay 19, 2004
Not Much Is Left of What Was Once a Thriving Town102 viewsMay 19, 2004
The Abandoned Schoolhouse118 viewsThe roof was actually removed from this building to be used on a building in the next town.May 19, 2004
House Adjacent to Bottle House124 viewsMay 19, 2004
Close-up of Wall Construction in Bottle House147 viewsIf you look closely, you can see the "AB" initials on one of the beer bottles. This stood for August Busch, one of the founders of what is now Anheuser Busch.May 19, 2004