Sunday, January 14, 2007

Huell Howser, where are you?

So here we are at the corner of "Iron Mountain" and "Pump Plant" roads in the southeast desert of California. As you can see from the photo, there ain't much around these here parts. The 360 view here is the same for as far as the eye can see. In the one frame you can see dark mounds of asphalt piled up, a sign that someone from CalTRANS has been here recently; but other than that, not a soul in sight.

The pole is pretty high. In fact, if you can find the DISH on the left hand side of the pole, that is above Thor's head, somewhere above the six foot mark. Not that Thor is 6 feet, but it was a few inches above him, and I am rambling so I'll stop now.

There's also a shot of the GPS "stash", "treasure" or whatever it is called. Nothing much, but it is a fun game for those who play. The "Swisher Sweets" box is just the base for the main depository, the small wood box with the lid down. Inside that wood box were little tokens, plastic pieces from a game board, a coin and whathaveyou. Kind of the "take a penny, leave a penny" theory of give and take. Someone also left his picture for others to ponder.

Life's little adventures. Another way of seeing "home". I couldn't help but notice all the vast land. Land devoid of any structures, any 'civilization, nothing. Nothing but land as far as the day was long. We drove for hours without seeing much of anything. IN CALIFORNIA. Free roaming wilderness. Land that I am sure comes fairly cheap... if you want to live there. It was the same in the south of Arizona, land for miles and miles. But land nonetheless. Is it any wonder why other countries feel we here in America are filthy rich?

The scenery and the small towns that scattered out weekend trip were unique. More on the towns next post. In the mean time, check out where you live. See how much land is spread out. See how much elbow room you have. Check out that skyline and the stars. If you live in the city, how long does it take before you can see land spread out like this? This is the gift. This is what others dream of. The folks in Japan, living very crowded lives, sharing small apartments in efficiently used land wonder at this. We should too.

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chronicler said...

Fun! The game is offically called "geocaching". It is really fun and expecially if you have a group of people that cache together. Then the trinkets you leave can really be meaningful to the others along for the fun. Either way it's a blast to find a spot, and know that someone out there, has been the same place as you. It's cool.

I'm glad yo had a good time and saw some wide open spaces.

Anonymous said...

"Letterboxing" would be worth checking out, too. It's a lower-tech version of Geocaching.

Sarah said...

Ahh! That's the photo I was looking for :) The other ones are great, but I want to blow this one up and put it on my wall! Thanks for the great travel updates - stay safe!

s'mee said...

Hey Sarah I might have a better one for yuo...I'll try to get it up at Flickr. One that has a better angle. I'll write back here and let you know. Thanks!

Chronicler and Anon...Yup those would be the correct terms! Thanks!