Road Trip to Ridgecrest: Valyermo and Red Rock Canyon

  • April 26, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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Please Note: Read all the directions carefully below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) This is an all day event. I will be arranging for a carpool leaving from a residential address in Valley Village (between Van Nuys and North Hollywood). I am not returning to LA on the same day because I am staying overnight at Ridgecrest for the Petroglyph tour in China Lake the following day. So if you carpool, its best that you either stay overnight in Ridgecrest as well, or you go in a car with other people who are not staying overnight.

I will provide the residential address a few days before the event starts. That's where we will be meeting at 9:30 AM SHARP.

3) If you carpool, please give your designated driver at least $25 in CA$H to compensate for gas and car maintenance.

4) We will have lunch at a TBD place en route between Valyermo and Red Rock Canyon. Bring about $20 in CA$H for lunch.

5) When you arrive at the carpool meeting site, call me at:[masked]-4099. Do not text me.

6) The day-use parking area for Red Rock Canyon, open sunrise to sunset, is $6 per vehicle per day.

7) There will be hiking and walking involved when we visit Red Rock Canyon, so bring clothing appropriate for hiking activity in cold weather. I strongly recommend bringing bottled water and snacks like power bars and trail mix.

Since I'm going to stay overnight in Ridgecrest for the China Lake Petroglyph Tour the next day, I figured might as well explore places on the way to Ridgcrest. There are a couple of places I've been wanting to visit including St. Andrews Abbey in Valyermo, and Red Rock Canyon. So come join me on this day trip as we explore the high desert region of California!

First Stop: St. Andrews Abbey in Valyermo

31001 N. Valyermo Road

Valyermo, CA  93563

Phone:[masked]

This abbey was recommend by Gay Foodies member Eric to visit. 

The History of St. Andrew's Abbey in California A short historical notice published March 11, 1955

"Chengtu, China Expelled by the Chinese Communist regime, the monks of St. Benedict's Priory of Chengtu, China, have found a new home in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  With the authorization of His Eminence James Francis Cardinal McIntyre, Archbishop of Los Angeles, they will soon reopen their monastery under the new name of St. Andrew's Priory on the former Hidden Springs Ranch at Valyermo. St. Benedict's Priory of Chengtu, founded in 1929 by the famous Abbey of St. Andre, Belgium, conducted a diocesan  major seminary and a state-recognized school for non-Catholic students.  Shortly after World War II, the Priory established the Institute of Western and Oriental Cultural Studies, with a 10,000 volume library. On Christmas day, 1949, the Communists took over the city of Chengtu.  The institute was dissolved, the library confiscated, and the Benedictine monks put under house arrest.  

After three years of hardship, the monks were finally expelled from Communist China in 1952. In 1954, the parent Abbey of St. Andre in Belgium decided to transfer the Priory to Southern California.  The Cardinal-Archbishop of Los Angeles authorized its establishment in the Archdiocese. Plans for the remodeling of the Hidden Springs Ranch, Valyermo, are ready for execution.  A diary barn will become the monks' living quarters, a stable will be converted to a chapel, where they will celebrate Holy Mass and chant the Divine Office.  The main ranch house will be used as a guesthouse for retreatants and visitors who wish to spend a few days of peace and prayer in the monastic atmoshpere.  Besides leading monastic life and chanting the Divine Office, the monks of St. Andrew's will conduct retreats and devote themselves to intellectual and educational activities.  They will also engage in farming, in order to become self-supporting as soon as possible."

From their website:

The first building you encounter upon entering the Abbey grounds is the Abbey Books and Gifts.  The store is also the "Welcome Center", and includes a spacious lounge at the entrance to the shop.  The right-most wing of the complex is a large, new conference room for lectures and group discussions.  There are a variety of secluded "book-nooks" with comfortable chairs for browsing and reading. Abbey Books & Gifts stocks an incredible array of products including one of the best selections of Catholic books available in the country, including many hard-to-find theological and philosophical titles, a vast selection of books on monasticism and monastic spirituality, as well as books by the most popular Catholic authors today. The gift shop, true to its name, has a wide selection of gifts including one-of-a-kind art, jewelry, medals, crucifixes and crosses, statues, a variety of items featuring Abbey monks and made for the Abbey products including honey, olive oil, and coffee. Abbey Books & Gifts also has their very own line of hand-made ceramic saints and angels made right at the Abbey!  The ceramics are very popular and highly sought after.  The store carries the full selection of ceramics for the public. Abbey Books & Gifts is open daily from 10:00-11:45 am and from 1:30-4:00 pm.

From Los Angeles & San Fernando areas:
Take the 5 Fwy north to 14 Fwy north.  Get off on the Pearblossom Hwy exit.  Go 5 miles to Hwy 138 and turn right.  Continue 9 miles to the town of Pearblossom.  Turn right at the Chevron gas station onto Longview Rd.  Turn left onto Ave W and follow the long winding road for about 4 miles to St. Andrew’s Abbey.

Valyermo: http://www.saintandrewsabbey.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=111

Abbey Books & Gifts at the Abbey The first building you encounter upon entering the Abbey grounds is the Abbey Books and Gifts.  The store is also the "Welcome Center", and includes a spacious lounge at the entrance to the shop.  The right-most wing of the complex is a large, new conference room for lectures and group discussions.  There are a variety of secluded "book-nooks" with comfortable chairs for browsing and reading. Abbey Books & Gifts stocks an incredible array of products including one of the best selections of Catholic books available in the country, including many hard-to-find theological and philosophical titles, a vast selection of books on monasticism and monastic spirituality, as well as books by the most popular Catholic authors today. 

The gift shop, true to its name, has a wide selection of gifts including one-of-a-kind art, jewelry, medals, crucifixes and crosses, statues, a variety of items featuring Abbey monks and made for the Abbey products including honey, olive oil, and coffee. Abbey Books & Gifts also has their very own line of hand-made ceramic saints and angels made right at the Abbey!  The ceramics are very popular and highly sought after.  The store carries the full selection of ceramics for the public. Abbey Books & Gifts is open daily from 10:00-11:45 am and from 1:30-4:00 pm. If you have any questions or comments regarding Abbey Books and Gifts.  We would love to hear from you! Saint Andrew's Abbey Books and Gifts

2nd Stop: Lunch at a TBD restaurant

3rd Stop: Red Rock Canyon

From their website:

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=631

"Red Rock Canyon State Park features scenic desert cliffs, buttes and spectacular rock formations. The park is located where the southernmost tip of the Sierra Nevada converge with the El Paso Range. Each tributary canyon is unique, with dramatic shapes and vivid colors. 

Historically, the area was once home to the Kawaiisu Indians, who left petroglyphs in the El Paso mountains and other evidence of their inhabitation. The spectacular gash situated at the western edge of the El Paso mountain range was on the Native American trade route for thousands of years. During the early 1870s, the colorful rock formations in the park served as landmarks for 20-mule team freight wagons that stopped for water. About 1850, it was used by the footsore survivors of the famous Death Valley trek including members of the Arcane and Bennett families along with some of the Illinois Jayhawkers. The park now protects significant paleontology sites and the remains of 1890s-era mining operations, and has been the site for a number of movies.

After wet winters, the park's floral displays are stunning. This winter was very dry so the wildflowers should be sparse this year, but the beauty of the desert, combined with the geologic features make this park a camper's favorite destination. Wildlife you may encounter includes roadrunners, hawks, lizards, mice and squirrels."


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  • Keong

    I will be returning to LA the same day on Saturday if anybody wants to carpool with me.

    March 11, 2014

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