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Archive for June 30th, 2007

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Originally uploaded by karing1960@sbcglobal.net.

At the northern end of the Cottonwood Mountains in Death Valley, lies a field of volcanic craters, the largest of which the Indians named Ubehebe, which means big basket in the rock. They say Ubehebe was formed around 6000 years ago when underground water came in contact with molten rock. The resultant steam pressure caused a massive explosion, sending debris high into the sky, blanketing the area with jagged rock up to 20ft in depth. There are several craters in the area, the most easily accessed being the largest, Ubehebe. Ubehebe is about 500 feet deep and half a mile wide. As Mike and I were driving up to the crater, we had no idea the parking lot was right along the rim. . As we pulled into the lot, the whole crater opened up before us. It gave me the heebie geebies to think of falling into this cauldron. But the view was fantastic. However, the wind was blowing, and I ended up with a bad hair day before we left Ubehebe. It was all worth it though to see God’s handiwork.

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Leaping Lizards!

Leaping Lizards!

Originally uploaded by karing1960@sbcglobal.net.

While wandering the sand dunes in Death Valley, Mike ran across this slithering lizard. It’s skin so perfectly matched its environment that you could almost miss it if you weren’t looking carefully. The next day, in our hotel room, Mike found a huge cock roach in our bathroom. I wish I had thought to take a picture of it, but I was too grossed out. This roach or beetle was brown and was crawling up our shower curtain. It must’ve been about 4 inches long and about an inch wide. Definitely not the kind of insects we are used to seeing where we live! Thank God we didn’t run into any snakes or scorpions while there.

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