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Hiked up to the fault line, dust devils swirl behind. Oh yes dear, this is so much fun! (what's in my old guy's mind?)
On the Wallace Creek Trail
Salt flats of Soda Lake, 105 degrees. Hot and still, just a slight breeze. Don't be thinkin' to trek this shell with ease. You'll likely sink in up past your knees.
Hardy farmers of the plain, scratched a livin' coaxing grain. Feds took over, now it's their reign, staff leaves for the summer to rest their brain.
The rancher's power factor, an International TD-35 tractor, a slow but reliable actor. Horses too! Can't be an equine detractor.
Yes indeedie, this is a seedie. They tried wheat, sometimes barley. Since they quit, it's gotten weedy.
The great Atlas rotary scraper, the turf it hugged. Worked just fine as it was tugged. Now she sits and won't be bugged, seems this 'ol Atlas has done shrugged.
Yep, we was here. It was on the bucket list. Once we was near, it couldn't be mist.
The Wallace Creek during the dry season
The hike to Wallace Creek. We went to take a peek. Seen it on the TV. You gets just what you see.
Soda Lake from the highway
Visitor center was closed for the season. Lack of visitors a likely reason.
I'm sure you know this is a sulky rake, it's genuine and not a fake. When you worked out here you caught no break, watch your feet for a rattlesnake.
Your basic Traver Ranch tool cart, not complex just does it's part. Load it up and then depart when you gots a job to start.
Summer visit in the heat, we like to do things a bit off-beat. One sure thing - the crowds we beat. Not like Yosemite, so it was sweet.
The landmark Reyes service station, no gas here is the situation. Hope you weren't expecting vehicular rehydration, you may be facing a bit of stagnation.
The famous Wallace Creek. Pacific Plate on the left, North American Plate on the right. Average movement 1.3 inches/year, except for 1857 when it moved 30 ft.
Soda Lake is crusted brine. Not a place for making wine. Real dang close to the great fault line, which is not always so quiet and benign
Soda Lake looking east toward the Temblor Range
The old Traver Ranch on the Carrizo Plain. 800 acres of this arid domain. From back in the 40's they worked it for grain. Now the pallid bat lives here, so the sign do explain.
The PT goes off the main. No problems if it don't rain. Temblor range across the plain, has the San Andreas at it's drain.
Man alive! Ain't no jive! A redneck disk drive that do survive.
At the entrance, right on the fault line, off to Wallace Creek the earthquake shrine, mostly flat not much incline, and a big 'ol lake of crusted brine.
Plumb on the San Andreas fault line. Looks shakey at best. But then this place ain't mine, so we'll leave it at rest
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