For our yearly road trip let's go to Petroglyphs & Pinnacles again (Ridgecrest, CA). We were there in 2012 with a group of 19 and had a great time.
Petroglyphs are the original “graffiti”; the ancient Native Americans of the southwest carved symbols and figures into the rocks to honor to the earth and its creatures for providing sustenance and meaning to their lives. It is not the ego-driven graffiti that one sees in urban settings but an acknowledgement that humans are interconnected with nature in a functional and spiritual way. Literal translation is not known. Another form is pictograph, where color is painted on rock. You’ve probably seen these ancient forms in Utah, Arizona and California desert areas; oftentimes modern graffiti and vandalism is mixed in with the art.
This meetup is a road trip to photograph a canyon of protected petroglyphs (possibly 10,000 y.o.) open to the public twice a year in the Spring and Fall at the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake outside of Ridgecrest, a city east of Bakersfield and south of Death Valley. It is a national historic landmark, Coso Rock Art District (see link). See the meetup album http://www.meetup.com/Art-of-Urban-Exploration/photos/. An article about the canyon:
Motels in Ridgecrest:
Those who want to ride-share and room-share should state their location and preferences here.
The Navy is not charging for the tour but require 2 forms of personal info - proving U.S. citizenship. Max. of 20 members, limited to 5 cars on base and we'll be escorted in formation to the site. After you've RSVP I'll email you the forms. Submittal deadline to Navy is Sep. 18.
Trona Pinnacles is an awesome geologic formation just outside of the City of Ridgecrest. Per Photographer's Ephemeris the moon will be waning gibbous 88.4%. http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ridgecrest/trona.html
Schedule is leave Bay Area early Fri. (approx. 400 miles, 6-7 hr. drive) to arrive in Ridgecrest late afternoon and check-in to your motel. We'll caravan from Ridgecrest at 6p to the Pinnacles, about a 30 min. drive. Next day, Sat. 11a meet in Ridgecrest to carpool to Naval Air Base. Shoot petroglyphs all afternoon. Group dinner in Ridgecrest with Show & Tell. Sun. is travel day with options for an early shoot (Town of Trona and/or Pinnacles), and group brunch before hitting the road.