The Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

1-DSC_6358The weeks photo was taken at the Pinnacle National Park in California.  These crazy looking rock formations are visible all over the park.  I took this shot from the High Peaks Trail on the way to Hawkins Peak.

From the Pinnacles National Park site page:

Pinnacles National Park, located near the San Andreas Fault along the boundary of the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate, is an excellent example of tectonic plate movement. The Pinnacles Rocks are believed to be part of the Neenach Volcano that occurred 23 million years ago near present-day Lancaster, California, some 195 miles (314 km) southeast. The giant San Andreas Fault split the volcano and the Pacific Plate crept north, carrying the Pinnacles. The work of water and wind on these erodible volcanic rocks has formed the unusual rock structures seen today.

A great place to hike, with several challenging trails.  The forces of nature are evident from most of the high trails in the park.  If you are traveling in California, I would strongly encourage you to make a stop at the Pinnacles National Park.

Both of these pictures are taken from the picturesque, but challenging, High Peaks Trail:

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Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

Forces of Nature

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The Thursday Picture – Lunch Time View at the Pinnacles NP

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The Thursday Picture – Lunch Time View at Pinnacles National Park in California.

No special camera tricks.  No tripod used.  No “selfie stick”.

I just found a shady part of the High Peaks Loop trail, sat down on a big old piece of an ancient volcano, and ate lunch.  Did I mention that I had a pretty good view from my lunch spot?

I am looking forward to my next trip to Pinnacles National Park.

Where are you hiking this weekend?  I was able to get a permit to hike in La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve this weekend!

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill!