Z and I went down to the Fairmead Fossil Discovery Center to view their collection of 700,000yr old Irvingtonian fossils found in and excavated from the neighboring LANDFILL. 40 different species have been discovered, including several Colombian Mammoths. Most fossils are horses, though.
Most of the local specimens at the Fossil Discovery Center are beat-up thanks to being tumbled down the Chowchilla River and deposited in its floodplain. The complete fossils in the museum are casts from La Brea. It's very much worth an hours visit if you have hte time! https://www.maderamammoths.org
Post-museum Storm Chasing
Since Laura still needed more time to study, Z and I followed the Chowcilla River east into the foothills at Eastman Lake where we were able to take some great photos and experience a fun little hike along the dam.
Presidents' Day weekend was the only shot of a vacation we were going to get before summer since Spring Break is already booked with Laura's midterms. We had one heckuva time driving into a massive atmospheric river that pounded the desert. Arroyos flooded, highways flooded, cities flooded... it was insanely fun to witness from the safety of our new Ascent. We saw the Mojave River born again, and the immense power of flash flooding in the White Water River that flows through downtown Palm Desert.
Once the rain subsided we headed out to visit Anza-Borego State Park and Thousand Palms Oasis near the Coachella Valley Preserve to get-in several nice hikes. The hikes also provided me with an opportunity to test out my new Nikon D850 and 24-70mm lens. Mind... blown...! Enjoy the pics and the videos below.
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Ryan J Hollister - Geoscience & EnviroSci Educator, Avid hiker, Landscape photographer, WildLink Club Advisor, Central Valley Advocate.