A compilation of all the links i have gathered, in no particular order.
Deemed to be ‘good for surfing’, by any standard.
Assembly Required: The Desert Cure
Posted in ‘The State We’re In’
by Rubén Martínez
From Boom Summer 2012, Vol. 2, No. 2
Shipwrecked, during the Sawtooth Complex Fire, 2006.
For Desolate, Shrinking Salton Sea, Another Dream
By JENNIFER MEDINA
Published: July 29, 2012
…the Salton Sea, created by accident 40 miles south of Palm Springs, has been shrinking for decades now, while the saline content continues to rise — it is roughly 50 percent saltier than the Pacific Ocean. Waterfront homes built more than a generation ago sit abandoned and boarded up, on a labyrinth of streets where only a couple of houses on each block are occupied.
But California does not give up easily on its dreams, so yet another ambitious development is poised to rise beside this vanishing sea.
Photo:Monica Almeida/The New York Times
I’ve been there a few times, the place could definitely use some better luck than it has had.
Used RT blog 4/6
Little Boy, Liberia, and Easy Rider: Longform’s guide to road trips.
By Elon Green – Sat., March 9, 2013.
Weekend Escape: On the watery trail in Mojave, Calif.
The Mojave has refreshing bubbling springs and the Amargosa River. It also has modest but functional hotels and hearty meals.
52 weekend getaways: a year’s worth of escapes
Roaming rocks of the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park
Gavin Heffernan – Sunchaser Pictures
36 Hours in Marin County, Calif.
Photos: The real Route 66 inspirations for Disney’s Cars Land
A closer look at the real places along Route 66 that inspired the fictional town of Radiator Springs depicted in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure:
Southern California Close-Ups: The Coachella Valley
click on ‘joshua tree outdoor museum’
the navigation in this site is a bit bewildering to me… but what i see is very nice!
click on the ‘photo gallery’ link. You will not be disappointed.
Beauty of the North Oregon Pacific Coast – YouTube
The Magnificent Oregon Coast
Redwood Empire triad: river, lake and redwoods (3 galleries, plus video)
Patrick’s Point SP:
Rim Trail to Agate Beach:
California coast’s best surprise view – 33 pics & video
From the Lookout Bench at Garrapata State Park, it might seem you could take a flying leap into the vast white pool of fog that stretches into a pearlescent sea.
Nearby, atop a crag at Rocky Ridge, you tower over the Monterey coast. It can feel like you are on top of the world.
Rocky Ridge at Garrapata is the best surprise lookout on the Pacific Coast.
Along Highway 1, California’s Department of Parks and Recreation hasn’t posted a state park sign or provided a parking area or information kiosk. At the trailhead, there’s no trail sign with destinations and distances. On the park’s website, brochure and map, Lookout Bench is not even mentioned.
When you drive from Carmel to Big Sur, it’s easy to sail right past the trailhead. Yet this is a view that has the ability to change how you feel about what is possible in your life.
Sunset crater, Arizona
211 road trips in the West
Pinnacles, wedged between U.S. Highway 25 and Highway 101 near Soledad, Calif., is an otherworldly place of jutting rock spires and twisted towers that looks as though it was wrenched from dinosaur times. “Wrenched” is fitting: The park’s craggy upthrusts are the partial remains of an ancient volcano. It’s a landscape in which a pterodactyl might choose to make its home, and thus a bird almost as rare (and with an impressive 10-foot wingspan) would feel cozy here too.
10 unsung beach towns on the West Coast
Updated 11:32 a.m., Thursday, August 30, 2012
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
Millions of years in the making, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument remains a little-known wonder.
By Verlyn Klinkenborg
‘Carry a lawn chair and a sunshade—plenty of water too—onto the sage flats just south of Arizona’s Highway 89A, near the mouth of Badger Canyon. Point the chair north, toward Utah, and take a seat. Behind you, the Colorado River is trenching a deep meander from the Glen Canyon Dam toward the Grand Canyon. Directly in front of you rises a chaos of rock vaulting nearly 3,000 feet—the Vermilion Cliffs. The cliffs can hardly be said to have a face. They have innumerable faces, fractured and serrated, crosshatched and slumped. You can feel the inertia in their colossal vertical fissures. Along the lower wedding cake tiers, rubble piles resemble the sand in the bottom of an hourglass.’
Photos: © Richard Barnes
Great Road Trips in American Literature
From Twain to Kerouac to Bryson, writers have found inspiration in hitting the road and traveling the United States
One notable example:
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
by Hunter S. Thompson is considered by many to be the quintessential drug-induced book of the 1970s.
10 best road trips in america…..?
Border to Border
Ride between the Canadian Rockies and the Rio Grande
By Jamie Jensen
Where planes go to die
By Thom Patterson, CNN
updated 9:26 AM EDT, Fri June 8, 2012
There’s another place this article doesn’t mention, outside Mojave CA., on par with all the others.
The airfield stores hundred of planes, and there’s museum devoted to the whole thing.
July 7, 2012
‘Blue Highways’ Revisited
By Larry Kaufmann
Even with record high gasoline prices and sweltering temperatures, millions of Americans will take to the road this summer to discover America. Before they do, they should also take the time to rediscover Blue Highways: A Journey into America, a classic American travelogue written by William Least Heat-Moon. Blue Highways will soon reach the 30th anniversary of its publication, and in honor of the occasion, two photographers recently retraced the author’s journey and took photos showing what the people and places described in Blue Highways look like today. Their work has been published in Blue Highways Revisited, a remarkable achievement in its own right.
Hiking to see pictograph art in Horseshoe Canyon, Utah
Some of the rock art in this remote part of Canyonlands National Park is more than 6,000 years old.
No one is sure what it means, but it speaks powerfully nevertheless.
What an incredible road trip this was! Before there were even roads as we know them.
The American West, 150 Years Ago
May 24, 2012 | 17 – ‘Atlantic’ magazine
In the 1860s and 70s, photographer Timothy O’Sullivan created some of the best-known images in American History. After covering the U.S. Civil War, (many of his photos appear in this earlier series), O’Sullivan joined a number of expeditions organized by the federal government to help document the new frontiers in the American West. The teams were comprised of soldiers, scientists, artists, and photographers, and tasked with discovering the best ways to take advantage of the region’s untapped natural resources. O’Sullivan brought an amazing eye and work ethic, composing photographs that evoked the vastness of the West. He also documented the Native American population as well as the pioneers who were already altering the landscape. Above all, O’Sullivan captured — for the first time on film — the natural beauty of the American West in a way that would later influence Ansel Adams and thousands more photographers to come.
(A VERY long page, but well worth the effort.)
Gas Stations – an amusing gallery:
Take Highway (CA) 99 for a weirdly wonderful drive south
In 1925, America’s first motel, the Motel Inn, opened in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Today we look at the ubiquitous motel architecture, from Niagara Falls to Las Vegas to the Gold Coast of Australia.