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Petroglyphs at Petroglyph Point, Lava Beds National Monument, CA

Lava Beds National Monument is located south of Tulelake, California.

The huge rock formation in this photo was once part of an island. Native Americans canoed to these hills to carve symbols in the soft volcanic rock. Eventually, Lake Modoc dried up.

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Tule Lake Segregation Center

We decided to take the non interstate way to Chico, CA. We drove thru Tule Lake, CA and I read that this is where the largest Japanese internment camp was located.

The camp housed people from western Washington, Oregon and Northern California, with a peak population of around 19,000.

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Fountain Play in Chico

Kids playing in the fountain at City Park on a 90′ day in Chico.

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Bidwell Park in Chico, CA

John Bidwell is the founder of Chico. After his death and the death of his wife, Annie, their land was donated to the city of Chico …thus, we have Bidwell Park!

The city added to the park size by buying additional land, making it the 3rd largest urban park in the US.

There are lots of places to picnic/grill, play in the Chico Creek or just sit on a bench near the creek and relax.

There are over 86 miles of various trails [dirt trail, paved/gravel roads…]. Ralph and I rented bikes and cycled thru a portion of the park. Very nice.

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Cyclists in Chico

LOTS of cyclists in Chico.
Lots of cruiser bikes.
Lots of women on cruiser bikes.
Lots of women in short shorts or short dresses on cruiser bikes.
[Unfortunately, you can’t tell from the photo.]

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Downtown Palm Springs is Dying

There are A LOT of empty boarded up buildings. I suspect the town’s core population is passing away and not enough younger people are moving in. Also, stereotypically Americans like to shop at new places, and I suspect that shoppers are going to the newer shopping centers on the outskirts of downtown, rather than older downtown.

On a weird side note, there’s an unusually high number of fancy steak restaurants downtown.

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Palm Springs Area

Here are some photos of the Palm Springs area.

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Joshua Tree National Park

There are areas of just Joshua Trees.

Areas with giant boulder formations and NO trees. As if out of the blue [NO other boulders nearby except the big pile], someone placed the boulders where they are, strategically on top of each other. If you’re into rock climbing or bouldering, you’d love it here.

And areas with both…Joshua Trees and the big pile of boulders.

FYI – There is a $15 entrance fee!

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Street Signs in the Palm Springs Area


In the Palm Spings/Palm Desert area, it all looks the same.  There is one little town after the other…and the stores/businesses just go on and on.  They all look alike: Beige stucco. Luckily, someone had the foresight to color code the street signs. All signs for a town are the same color plus they state the name of the town.

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Winds So Strong It Will Knock A Train Over


When I was in the Palm Springs/Palm Desert area, I noticed that near a highway we were on, there were TWO rows, next to each other, of non indigenous trees [sorry, it’s nearly impossible to tell by the photo].

Why in the world would there be a need to plant 2 rows of non-native trees near each other?  Come to find out, the trees were planted as wind protection along the railroad line [there is a railroad line between the 2 rows].

Hmm…this would be a great area for a wind farm.

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