Wanna know how to start your Tuesday off in a great way? Then I highly recommend breakfast at the Rocky Cola Cafe in Hermosa Beach. It was great to be back and eat way too much of their food.
We piled into the car and began our 3-hour drive out of Los Angeles, through Lancaster, and past Ridgecrest deep into the Mojave Desert to one of the coolest places I’ve experienced: the Trona Pinnacles.
Halfway between Ridgecrest and Trona there’s a small path in the desert that leaves the highway and leads travelers five miles down a mostly-unmarked road in the sand. We strayed from the “road” a couple of times and only got stuck in the sand once. It was a rental car and pretty easy to push out, so it was no big deal.
We finally got there and as soon as we were out of the vehicle, we all went our separate ways to explore. The eerie structures are made of rock (I think) but it’s unlike any rock I’ve seen before. It actually looks like coral, with bumps and grooves that make it easy to grip and climb. It can also be surprisingly brittle as well and crumbles easier than you initially would think.
According to the thermometer in the car, it was 96 degrees out that day. Perfect desert weather.
After about 30 minutes it hit me: Wow…the desert is hot. But if you look hard enough, you’ll find you’re not alone out there. I made friends with a white lizard. Either that, or I was hallucinating from the heat.
We wandered around a bit longer and then took off and went to McDonald’s and bought a large drink. We then returned to the South Bay (making sure to stop at In n Out in Lancaster first) and the dusty handprints all over our car from pushing it out of the sand were a reminder of a great day. It also looked like we got attacked by desert zombies and escaped.