GSM 2013 March Death Valley - Day 8
Jul 14, 2013Public
Photo: Saturday started with a visit to Maturango Museum (www.maturango.org) in Ridgecrest (formerly Crumville), CA
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Photo: The Museum offers exhibits and displays featuring both the natural and the cultural history and diversity of the Northern Mojave Desert with exhibits of animals, plants, rocks and minerals, Native American artifacts, and contemporary arts and crafts.
Photo: Yuccas on the mueeum grounds
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Photo: The labyrinth is modeled after the classic-seven circuit design first seen in Crete over 3500 years ago.
Photo: Labyrinths differ from mazes in having only a single winding path to the center. The museum labyrinth is made of tufa and was an Eagle Scout project by Jeremy McClellan.
Photo: Historic artifacts in the museum include mining and farming implements.
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Photo: Red Rock Canyon State Park, Kern County, CA
Photo: 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 converges with the El Paso Mountains.
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Photo: Each tributary canyon is unique, with vivid colors. After wet winters, the park's floral displays are notable. Wildlife includes roadrunners, hawks, lizards, mice and squirrels.
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Photo: Red Rock Canyon provides magnificent views of the pristine desert landscape, includes two natural preserves, and offers, among other recreation activities, camping, sightseeing, equestrian activities, hiking, and opportunities for reflection and solitude.
Photo: The area was once home to the Kawaiisu Indians.
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