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01-22-2012: Anza-Borrego Exploration

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Anza Borrego - Carrizo Gorge Railroad Camp - Petrified Wood Hunting

 

I decided to take a short notice trip out to the desert to check out an abandoned railroad camp in the southern end of the park. The ruins were built to support the construction of the San Diego & Eastern Arizona Railroad through Carrizo Gorge. Standing amongst the dilapidated wooden structures is like getting a glimpse back in time. There is one wall of the camp still standing constructed of old blasting powder cans held together by mortar. Afterwards, I headed out east of Carrizo Mountain to look for petrified wood. It was nice to get out.

 

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neat! did you drive through the tunnel?

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John, great write-up and thank you for posting on Offroad Passport. This looks like something we'd enjoy exporing!

So tell me, what is that object which seems to be obscured in the dust as the osprey stirs up dust? I think it almost looks like a ship on the horizon?

 

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And, is this picture overlooking the same section of Hwy. 8 (but from the other side) that we saw from the Mountain Springs Stagecoach Trail & Devil's Canyon? If I recall correctly, we saw a section of trail across the way that had cement pavement showing...

 

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Thank you again, John. Always a pleasure!

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neat! did you drive through the tunnel?

 

No, you cant drive through (although my dad would years ago) but I've hiked through them a few times. I was able to park about 50 yards away from it.

 

John, great write-up and thank you for posting on Offroad Passport. This looks like something we'd enjoy exporing!

So tell me, what is that object which seems to be obscured in the dust as the osprey stirs up dust? I think it almost looks like a ship on the horizon?

 

And, is this picture overlooking the same section of Hwy. 8 (but from the other side) that we saw from the Mountain Springs Stagecoach Trail & Devil's Canyon? If I recall correctly, we saw a section of trail across the way that had cement pavement showing...

 

That "ship on the horizon" is Plaster City gypsum plant. http://ludb.clui.org/ex/i/CA4913/

 

The area around it is an OHV Area. http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/elcentro/recreation/ohvs/plaster_city.html

 

 

The picture of Interstate 8 is just a little ways further west of what we saw on the stagecoach trail. I'm driving on a section of the old concrete Highway 80 that was built in the 30's.

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