Sunday, September 30, 2007

Vasquez Rocks

I never cease to be amazed by the variety of landscapes within easy driving distance of Los Angeles. Today, we decided to head north toward Antelope Valley to see Vasquez Rocks - a site that is recognizable from cult films like "Blazing Saddles" and "Army of Darkness," and from classic sci-fi television shows like "The Outer Limits" and "Star Trek."

Here is a view of the most famous section of the natural park area - a pass between two alien-looking rock formations. To get a sense of scale, zoom in and notice the hiker standing on the ridge to the right.

... and here's the view from the other side of the pass, where Captain Kirk's half-hearted battle with The Gorn (see below) took place.

Given how steep this section is, it's much easier to go up than to come down.

The view from the top, looking toward Saddleback Mountain.

A fellow blogger also visited Vasquez Rocks a few months ago, and posted some good comparison photos.

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