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Reblogged from mypubliclands

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Amboy Crater is an extinct cinder cone located just off of historic Route 66 — basically in the middle of nowhere (between Barstow and Needles) once the area was bypassed by Interstate 40 in the early 70s.  Before then, especially from the end of WWII through the 60s, it was a major attraction along this Main Street of America and many visitors would “get their kicks” by climbing Amboy Crater so they could brag about conquering a real volcano. 

After the climb, visitors would head to Roy’s Cafe in the nearby town of Amboy, just a few miles away, to have a cold drink or a meal.  Roys once employed 70 people and was a bustling stop for travelers.  Business dropped to almost nothing when I-40 opened and it fell into disrepair.  Luckily the current owner is interested in preserving this piece of Americana.  I snapped a picture of the restored diner (no food served, only sodas) when I stopped for gas.

-Bob Wick, BLM-California

Climb an ancient cinder cone??? Ok! Must go here.

Reblogged from jtotheizzoe
Started off the day with inspiration by watching and listening to Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on its 50th anniversary.

Started off the day with inspiration by watching and listening to Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on its 50th anniversary.

Pecten Reef, Aliso Viejo

This place deserves a little more respect. A piece of land that’s been shamefully hemmed between condos and soccer fields, Pecten Reef is like a former professor, silenced and shuttered away in a small and dirty nursing home. Hiking here, it was sad to see how a once-underwater treasure from the Middle Miocene that has shown its prehistoric past so willingly and openly, is now not much more than a few poorly maintained trails around some hills. With the strip-mined look of rabbit warren maintenance. And a shopping cart tossed in the creek. And dog turds everywhere.

I did feel a bit better after picking up some trash and discovering that, despite the ignorance of humans, nature thrives here. A California King snake leisurely crossed the trail in front of us, a roadrunner stopped eating its meal of lizard to give us a look-see, and enormous, red-winged tarantula hawk wasps (which surprisingly did not scare my semi-bug-challenged M & D) were everywhere. And then there were the fossils. So many fun and easy finds that showed what was under the water when the reef was alive so many millions of years ago.

I left thinking that it would be wonderful if the people who regularly enjoy this trail make an effort to clean it up. Heck, it wouldn’t take more than a den of boy scouts who would be willing to put it on their list of continuous service projects to make Pecten Reef thrive beautifully. The city and county have excavated and reaped treasures from it; now it’s time for them to spearhead a clean up, mark the trailhead with some significant historical signage, and give the old place the dignified retirement it deserves.

Maker Camp starts today!
http://makezine.com/maker-camp/

Maker Camp starts today!

http://makezine.com/maker-camp/


The Art of the Brick 
Forest Lawn Museum through July 21st, 2013. Open every day from 10:00am – 5:00pm except Tuesday. Free admission and free parking.
Forest Lawn Museum1712 S. Glendale Avenue,Glendale, Ca 91205323-340-4921online: forestlawn.com

The Art of the Brick 

Forest Lawn Museum through July 21st, 2013. Open every day from 10:00am – 5:00pm except Tuesday. Free admission and free parking.

Forest Lawn Museum1712 S. Glendale Avenue,Glendale, Ca 91205323-340-4921online: forestlawn.com

M and D’s Go-Go’s experience is being totally ruined by me singing along to every single song…

(Source: Spotify)

Grab some culture on Saturday mornings for $5

Grab some culture on Saturday mornings for $5

Nice little family travel site.
http://www.minitime.com/

Nice little family travel site.

http://www.minitime.com/