Joshua Tree Pt 5 – ROCKS!

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This one above is as big as house. No shit, really.

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So above, a longer look at the rocks at JT, how ’bout that? They’ve been waiting for a long time for you to show up. They will be pretty much the same long after you are gone. I let them do the talking, no need for me to explain.

And now, a few thoughts about this recent story, it was widely reported:

New Mexico county defies U.S. government over cattle grazing

By Joseph Kolb

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico Tue May 13, 2014 6:01pm EDT

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/13/us-usa-newmexico-cattle-idUSBREA4C0XV20140513

Hundreds of activists seeking to directly challenge federal control of swathes of territory in the U.S. West on Saturday drove dozens of all-terrain vehicles into protected land in Utah that is home to Native American artifacts and where such journeys are banned.

http://news.yahoo.com/dozens-protesters-ride-off-limits-canyon-215140976.html

These people are idiots who think that exercising their so called ‘rights’ trumps having any respect for the land, or for native american’s relics/sites.

I hope the ‘great spirit’ kicks their ass eight ways to sunday sometime soon.

Karma?…is a bitch. What goes around, comes around.

The Monumental Places Obama Should Protect Right Now

The Cliven Bundys of the world are wrong: Public lands belong to all of us.

“When a racist rancher in Nevada and his armed supporters can command headlines by claiming to own and control publicly owned lands, perhaps it’s time to remind Westerners about the history of the nation’s public-land heritage.”

Yes, indeed. Westerners like to be oh-so-independent, but sometimes they are ‘FOS’ = full of shit.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/05/obama_s_new_national_monuments_bruce_babbitt_on_how_to_protect_public_lands.html

I just do NOT see why anyone can not give the land, and those who lived here before us, some due respect.

On the topic of archeological rape in the American S.W. desert, Craig Childs has written a very good book: Published: August, 2010

Finders Keepers

A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession

Beyond what most people think about archaeology–with its cleanly numbered dates, and discoveries–lies a vibrant and controversial realm of scientists, thieves, and contested land claims.

Here’s his website:

http://www.houseofrain.com

And a review of the book:

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/jun/15/opinion/oe-childs15

I read the book – it was well worth the time.

Everything Craig Childs writes is worth your time, absolutely.

A few more ‘high desert country’ links:

https://www.hcn.org

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/19/travel/crazy-rock-formations/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

And a few good travel links:

http://blog.sfgate.com/getlost/2014/05/07/18-unique-california-hotels/#22735101=0

http://www.sunset.com/travel/california/highway-1

Next month, one last look at Joshua Tree, and then on to other destinations.

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