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rockhopper
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1/7/2013
rockhopper
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Hello all. Great trips posted so far as desert season is in full gear. Took a two day run out to the desert Fri and Sat the 4th and 5th of January. I'm calling it Expedition 2013.01smile
First stop was a quick stop at the geothermal mud volcanoes on the eastern shore of the Salton Sea.




Geothermal plants


Obsidian source with Santa Rosa Mountians in background.


Headed back west to hike on some old Native American trails.
This one is near the old shoreline of Ancient Lake Chauilla


Headed north to the county line. Plan was to hike into ABDSP from the east.
Hit the dreaded lock gate! When ever these #^%&* throw up a new locked barrier could they please proved a turnaround!


Headed back South. Parked and hiked over Mountian passes following the ancient trails to the oasis.


On the off again on again trail. Came over the pass to the right. Ancient shore line kissed these hills on the other side.


Oasis in sight. Villager peak and Rabbit beyond. Can't quite see the peaks.


The "trail"


Traverine Palm Oasis



This was an interesting smooth grinding rock.



Area littered with pot shards


Trail marker? with motareo ontop.


more shards


Old trail to Grottos


Arrow point shard


Storm shelter. Looked well used.


Evidence of cooking and heating. Lots of pottery pieces.


I'll be back!
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ziphius
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1/8/2013
ziphius
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That's a great trip in an area we don't get to see often. The obsidian outcrop is great. Reminds me of the obsidian points shown at the ABDSP visitor center that came from the Mine Wash area, where they state that the nearest source of obsidian comes from the Salton Sea. Photos of those old native trails just tie that whole collection, transport, and production of obsidian points from that region to other parts of AB together.... smile Any water at Travertine?

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tommy750
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1/8/2013
tommy750
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Great trip! Never have been to the mud volcanoes or Obsidian Butte. Amazing what they can do tracing the origins of obsidian artifacts these days. Here's an interesting link about obsidian sites used by the indigenous in the Southwest including Obsidian Butte. Tom

http://www.swxrflab.net//swobsrcs.htm
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hikerdmb
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1/8/2013
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Great trip. Looks like lots of history in all those places. I agree that there have been some good trip reports the last few days.
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dsefcik
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1/8/2013
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Great stuff...if you have never been to the mud pots or obsidan butte they are worth the gas money....amazing places.

Was the Red Sea still flowing at obsidian butte?


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rockhopper
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1/8/2013
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Here are answers to some questions:

Ziphius: There was a walk in excavated well dug near the grove but was dryupset


Tommy: I have read about the early peoples traveling from far off to these obsidian fields after Lake cahuilla water level dropped down to lower levels as is today.

hikerdmb: I agree the trips of late have been great! Lets keep em' coming!

dsefcik: The photo was taken a few miles north of obsidian butte near the mud pot/ volcanoes.
Red sea? Are you talking about the New River? It looked a little muddy color but no suds.
actually looked better than I would have thoughtwink

added a couple youtube videos

Mud Volcanoes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcQm2-X44Zw


Ancient trail near Ancient Lake Cahuilla shoreline
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9TLMJfGLiE
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dsefcik
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1/9/2013
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rockhopper wrote:
dsefcik: The photo was taken a few miles north of obsidian butte near the mud pot/ volcanoes.
Red sea? Are you talking about the New River? It looked a little muddy color but no suds.
actually looked better than I would have thoughtwink
I was there a couple of times last year and there was a red water "sea" right next to obsidian butte, it was pretty cool.

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rockhopper
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1/14/2013
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Added a couple youtube videos of the caves near Travertine Palms

Cave Trail:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRoxEP78yhw

Caves:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSqWdbmIriE
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kylekai
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1/15/2013
kylekai
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Very interesting. I hope to head that way this weekend and you've given me some areas to explore.

Now for some shameless self-promotion. You can find the 11 or so mud caves and hot springs near the Salton Sea (and another 1,600 other hot springs in the US) with my 99 cent iPhone app Hot Springs of the US:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hot-springs-of-the-usa/id583654750?mt=8

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harmono
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1/20/2013
harmono
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Got it. Nice.
kylekai wrote:
Very interesting. I hope to head that way this weekend and you've given me some areas to explore.

Now for some shameless self-promotion. You can find the 11 or so mud caves and hot springs near the Salton Sea (and another 1,600 other hot springs in the US) with my 99 cent iPhone app Hot Springs of the US:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hot-springs-of-the-usa/id583654750?mt=8

-Bill


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RobertMarcos
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12/24/2016
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A great and productive tour. Thanks for the photos.
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