As you walk out to these little clay mountains in the middle of any empty field you begin to hear the delightful burpy and sploochy (I just made that perfectly descriptive word up!) sound of bubbling mud.
The Mud Pots are formed in geothermal areas where there is water pushing the ash or mud up to the surface forming mini volcanoes. Unlike Yellowstone, this seems to be a virtually undiscovered area where one can get up close and personal as the mud pots burp, gargle and croak without a sign to mark their presence and without a fence to protect them. Brad made me a VAL in the mud. 💋
This area is on the end of the San Andreas fault and geothermal power generating stations can be seen in the distance. #darringtonroadtrip#weirdcalifornia#roadsideamerica#roadsideattraction#roadsideoddities
Not only is she a pro at spotting random roadside attractions and making friends with literally anyone, but @cailincorb is also pretty amazing at making a guy feel loved! Thanks for making this such an amazing birthday, and for being such a wonderful partner in all things 😚
It's been a great year for tunnels so far; found this one off the side of the road. Built in the 1850s, it was used by freight trains carrying coal and ore; the ceiling is still black with soot from the old steam locomotives. It was lined with wooden planks and timbers, and although they were soaking wet there was no collapse or failure of the supports. Even more astounding was the lack of graffiti - not one mark through the entire length.
Early on a Sunday morning in Little Tokyo, I had this beautiful walking mall almost all to myself and I found two very nice pieces of public art.
This space shuttle monument remembers astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka, who died with the rest of the NASA shuttle crew when the Challenger exploded on January 28, 1986. Onizuka was the first Japanese American astronaut in space. The replica was created in 1990, by Isao Hirai. It stands over 18 ft. tall, a 1/10th scale model. The Japanese American community in Los Angeles campaigned to rename Weller St as Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Street. Little Tokyo merchants raised money for the statue. 🚀✊🏼
The second statue is Shinkichi Tajiri's ‘Friendship Knot’, which I really really like! 😍 #darringtonroadtrip#roadsideamerica#roadsideoddities#roadsideattraction#publicart
Yesterday I posted about a rock in the ocean 🌊 that I was too afraid to climb on so Brad had to go by himself. To redeem myself and prove that I am an intrepid adventurer 😂 I will tell you about my exploration of this very cool, and a bit scary, abandoned waterpark....while Brad waited in the car. No, he wasn’t afraid, just law abiding. 👮 Although it was not posted and I’d researched it, the entrance was blocked and Brad did not want to trespass, so he dropped me off with plans to meet in 15 minutes. It was very eerie at first and I was nervous but it was so interesting that I ended up staying lots longer!
The Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark 💦 in the Mojave Desert 🌵 was closed in 2004 and the slides were sold but everything else was just left to be taken over by nature and graffiti artists. It has an apocalyptic feel and is rumored to be haunted. 👻 I included the few ‘before’ pictures I could find, along with my own photos. I was excited and took way too many pictures and even a video of the very nervous me walking out to the site, in case I got murdered. 😳 #darringtonroadtrip#abandoned#roadsideamerica#roadsideattraction#roadsideoddities
Fill ‘er up!// Cute lil roadside oddity shell-shaped gas station courtesy of the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. First picture courtesy of the passing elderly man who I taught how to take a cell phone photo for the first dang time ever. (We were both jazzed about his newfound photographic skill, and felt good about his first-timer handiwork. 📷👍🏻) #winstonsalem#northcarolina#roadsideoddities
Life is full of surprises. Sometimes, it is as simple but elegant as a flower. While walking along a stretch of Highway 1, we came across these brilliant succulents. I cannot, for the life of my, track down what type of flower this is. Some Google-fu has me thinking this is a pincushion protea. Any flower fiends following to pitch in?