|Our drive to see the fault|
The daytime high here today would be in the upper 80's; plenty hot to be in the desert, but we don't expect our San Andreas fault line sighting to take long enough for us to become overcome by heat exhaustion or sun stroke.
|My comrades prepare themselves what we're about to see.|
I take the pictures and let them tell me about it.
According to the material on the board, "Palm oases are sustained primarily by water made available through faulting and fracturing of the underlying bedrock material. Blow-sand fields are created when sand, washed out of nearby mountains during summer floods, is deposited, forming a broad alluvial fan. Strong winds pick up the sand and blow it into sand dune formations which are home to several rare animals. One hundred, eighty animals species inhabit the preserve, including resident and migratory birds. Five rare animals, the Coachella Valley Fringe-toed Lizard, the Flat-tailed Horned Lizard, the Coachella Round-tailed Ground Squirrel, the Giant Red Velvet Mite and the Giant Palm-boring Beetle, live in the preserve."
|The Wayner and me (with a bottle of water in my pocket) |
ready to march right into the giant jaws of the great San Andreas!
There's a tiny visitors center for 1000 Palms Canyon in a house that was, at one time, a personal residence.
|There goes Ernie into the Visitors Center for all the information we're going to need.|
|Still with the bottle of water weighing heavily in my shorts pocket.|
|Water springs from the fault, making the oasis in which the great palms grow!|
|Pools of water on both sides of the walkway!|
Upon return to the Visitors Center area, the husbands collapsed into the nearest park bench.
|Ernie and Wayne|
I am happy to report that our fearless group of fault line explorers showed no signs of weakness during our exploration of this dangerous and terrifying area. However, according to a report by UMass Amherst, "The Coachella Valley segment of the San Andreas Fault has a high likelihood for a large rupture in the near future, since it has a recurrence interval of about 180 years but has not erupted in over 300 years." Yikes! It's way overdue!