Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Tiburcio Vasquez, who this area is named after, was the bandit who used this area as one of his many hide outs. Apart from the main area there are some nice trails around to explore the many other features of this area. One can see why this would be a nice area to use as a hide out. From the last picture of my last entry, if one would just turn around they would see this:
One can see the 14 freeway in the background. It is interesting to note that the Pacific Crest Trail runs through the park. I went a bit further out of the well worn area for the next few.
I went down this one canyon not knowing what I would find. I saw this "face" in the distance:
I thought it might start talking to me, but it never did.
On the way back.
This wraps up my little series on Vasquez. It is a nice area to go to when the weather conditions are good. I am going to be out of town for a few weeks, but when I get back I will start my Mount Whitney hike series.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Vasquez Rocks 2 (Star Trek + Blazing Saddles)

Continuing from the last entry, all one has do is drive up the road to the other side. Then look back and you have the other side of the famous rock formation. To the Trekkers it is known as the arena Kirk fought the Gorn at:

To others, it is where Hedley Lamarr tells his evil minions to "do that voo-doo that you do so well!"
You can see the railroad they were building was not too far away either.
The following picture is much further into the park (south), but you can still see the main rocks in the distance.
Just last week I was watching Kevin Sorbo in Avenging Angel on the Hallmark Channel. There was a scene within the first 20 minutes of the movie where he had to deal out Justice to a baddie at the main rock formation. In the next entry I will wrap this up with some of the lesser explored areas along the hiking trail they have.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Vasquez Rocks (The Army of Darkness)

(GPS: N34 29.245 W118 18.950)

Some time back I went to Corriganville, Iverson Ranch, and then ended up at Vasquez Rocks. Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park is nice to go to if you want to get out of the urban Los Angeles area. Unfortunately, the day I went I wanted to beat the traffic so I went very early to these places. When I got to Vasquez it was only around 9-10am so the sun was not out in full yet. My pictures for this entry suffered because of the shadows. I could have done some photoshop work here, but decided it was not worth it. The pictures in this entry should do the job of showing the area though for those that have not been there.

The following picture is taken from the scene in the movie The Army of Darkness before Ash (Bruce Campbell) goes off into the woods and to the cemetery. It is where the old wise one tells him he must recite the lines "klatu verata nikto" before he grabs the book.
The sun had the absolute worst angle for this picture, but this will have to do. This is the main area that has been used many times in movies. Unlike other areas like this, you can actually drive your car right threw this road. You get to the other side, there is plenty of spaces to park, you can picnic, or you can hike further into other area.
This is just to the right of the above picture. I have seen some westerns go off in that direction.
I'll do another few entries on what lies on the other side. The other side is probably more familiar to most people.