To the west of Death Valley, the basin and range topography reveals another valley. Not as low or as hot as its infamous neighbor, the #BLMWild Panamint Valley is an uncrowded and beautiful secret. Completely ringed by sharp mountain ranges, the alkali flats on the valley floor provide a stark white contrast to the striped and colorful #mountains . Burbling creeks pour out of #canyons in the Panamint Range to the east and the Argus Range to the west, creating corridors of green life that support thriving habitat for rare desert birds, reptiles, and mammals including bighorn sheep. The #PanamintValley is one of the ancestral homes of the Timbisha Shoshone, and there are still Native lands at Indian Ranch. Mining history is evident throughout the Valley, including most prominently the fascinating ghost town of Ballarat. Successive mining booms left their traces up many of the canyons above Panamint Valley, and more intrepid visitors can explore these relics and ruins on foot.
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We hiked out to Liberty Bell Arch today, an amazing 4-5 mile round trip out and back trail that ends overlooking the Colorado River. The trailhead is 15 minute from where we grew up and neither Kim or I had been. It’s a must-do!
The view from the top of the 7,700 foot #BLMWild Conglomerate Mesa is one of the best in the #CaliforniaDesert . Visitors are treated to 360 degrees of multiple #wilderness areas, Owens Lake, the glittering Sierra Nevada and Mt. Whitney, Saline Valley, and Telescope Peak in Death Valley National Park. This mesa is sprinkled with Joshua, juniper, and pinyon trees and is also home to rare plant species such as the Inyo Rock Daisy and Ripley’s Cymopterus, aka spring parsley, which is in the carrot family.
The mesa is geologically significant, providing an unusually complete record that is key to unraveling the evolution of the continental edge of the southwestern United States during the Permian and early Triassic periods about 300 million years ago. #Fossils like corals and fusulinids, a type of plankton with calcite casings, allow scientists to accurately date the earth’s layers, and some of the fusulinids are found only in the Conglomerate Mesa area. The diversity of #wildlife species in Conglomerate Mesa includes bobcats, Mojave Ground Squirrels, Townsend’s Western Big-eared bats, Golden Eagles, and mountain lions. It is also a vital migratory corridor for Nelson’s bighorn sheep. This public land is also prized locally for its world class deer #hunting .
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Siskiyou Mountains in Shasta River Canyon. N. California's backroads are in most cases the main road to get through this wild land. Much of the time you will see rock plows keeping the numerous small slides off the road and out of your windshield. In the mid 1800s and early 1900s, bridges began to be built over our major rivers, the Klamath and Shasta River. The windy natural path of rivers meant you would have to ford the river in canoes, horseback or even stagecoaches several times. From here west towards Willow Creek way down the Klamath River on the way to the ocean, you cross no less than 6 bridges and most of them big and structurally reinforced like you can't imagine. After rain and snow storms, it is normal to have whole roads blocked with landslides from the steep mountains. The old historical accounts of traveling dirt trails are both funny and nerve wracking. Some of my favorite stories include the ingenuity of these tough people. To get supplies down to miners along the rivers and down banks with no trails because the drop offs were so steep, you would see supplies "wrenched" down to the river banks from trees on the upper banks using rope and cable. Its not so unusual now to see cars being wrenched back up these drop offs up to the road after sliding off the road. This country is still not for the faint of heart but I guess thats why we love this beautiful land.
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The #BLMWild Centennial Flats is located off Highway 190, to the west of Death Valley National Park. Millions of visitors travel through the area each year and stop to wander among the dense #JoshuaTree forest, picnic, explore, and camp next to the beautiful rock features. Upper Centennial Flat and Centennial Canyon hold some of the richest prehistoric cultural sites in the #CaliforniaDesert with evidence of living sites, hunting tools, trails and petroglyphs.
This area was made famous when it was featured in the artwork of @U2’s 1987 album “Joshua Tree” — one of the world’s best-selling albums — which drew inspiration from the California Desert to evoke the feeling of America’s open spaces. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album cover among the 100 greatest of all time. Though the Joshua Tree that was photographed for the album cover fell around 15 years ago, the site remains a popular attraction.
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The #BLMWild Silurian Valley is ringed with mountain ranges that tower thousands of feet above sweeping bajadas lined with creosote plants. The valley was once filled with large lakes, and was home to paleo-Indians who lived on their shores. The now dry lake playas contain archaeological evidence that tell the story of numerous historic Paiute settlements. More recent history is evident as well, with traces of the Old Spanish Trail running across the valley and remnants of repeated gold rushes dot the Salt Spring Hills.
#SilurianValley provides vital #habitat and #landscape connectivity among the many Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wilderness Areas surrounding it, as well as Death Valley National Park and the Mojave National Preserve. Its designation as part of the California Desert #NationalConservationLands protects migratory pathways for #bighornsheep and #deserttortoise .
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Okay, back to Bears Ears. Things are getting especially real now.
Did you all see the thing about uranium mines and mining company representatives "helping write" (writing) the Executive Order that downsized Bears Ears by 85%? The new monument borders leave potential mine sites--which also include petroglyph and archaeology sites--free and clear for development. "Development" sounds much less offensive than "new uranium mines." Remember, uranium has some toxicity associated...
IMHO, the canyons and mesas of Bears Ears are some of the most spectacular places in the whole world. •
Please, let's remind DOI (Department of the Interior, which oversees everything Bears Ears-related) that Bears Ears has huge public support for conservation and recreation rather than mining and drilling. We can also ask Congress to double-check Interior's decision-making on this. Remember, 98% of 3 million(!!!) public comments supported Bears Ears, so uranium mines hardly represent the public voice. •
It's easy to share your opinion with DOI and Congress. DOI is legally required to listen, and Senators & Representatives do really want to hear from their constituents.
Check out the last few pics on this post for hints on how to comment directly to DOI on the future of Bears Ears. Reaching Congress is easier--the US Capitol Switchboard will connect you to members' offices: 202.224.3121.
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Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer." -Letters to a Young Poet
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument covers land in N. California and S. Oregon. Located at the crossroads of the Cascade, Klamath, and Siskiyou Mountain Ranges, scientists have long recognized the outstanding ecological diversity and value of this wild and beautiful place. The convergence of three distinct and geologically different mountain ranges has created an ecosystem not found any where else. The Monument was originally founded in recognition of it's remarkable ecology, as well as to protect a diverse range of biological, geological, aquatic, archeologicsl and historic objects. The Pacific Crest Trail runs through the Monument mostly on the ridge line of the Siskiyou Mountains that snake from California into Oregon. Animals that make these mountains their home include black bear, mountain lions(cougars), coyotes, deer, fishers, beaver, river otters, bob cats, wolf..including sightings of the elusive grey wolf, and many more. It is not unusual to see blue herons, comorants, eagles, hawks and other birds and raptors fishing in the lakes, rivers and streams surrounding these majestic mountains and valleys. Mt. Ashland Ski Park and Recreation Area as well as the beautiful Soda Mountain Wilderness is also a part of this sacred and wild monument.
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Over 30 years ago I met Medicine Man, Karuk elder Charlie Red Hawk Thom in all places, upstate New York. I started traveling out to N. California and the Klamath River area to study, hike, horseback ride and climb these incredible mountains and landscapes with him. I always thought I was knowledgeable about the outdoors but through Charlies humerous, tough and incredible lessons, I experienced events and happenings beyond belief. Even to me yet. Mountain Lions as large as a small car, bear circles with at least 30 bears, bears chasing me cause I didn't know any better, hanging off trails so narrow and treacherous the horses could hardly get by, and yes, even Sasquatch. Incredible ancient Native dances, picking herbs and roots(medicine) to stave off fever and use in sweat lodges and so many other amazing experiences. Truth is stranger than fiction and so many stories live inside me now, I am full of gratitude and love. These three pics of the Shasta River Canyon were taken on the way to a grocery shopping trip and the huge Red Tail Hawk that follwed us for awhile brought back lots of memories on this cold blowing winter day.
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Sometimes when you go to places other people call "the middle of nowhere," you find somewhere remarkable.
With a well deserved spotlight on our country's National Parks, don't forget to search for gems on BLM lands too. We're lucky to have so much public lands to explore.