I am learning that California is pleasantly diverse and geologically quite remarkable. From volcanoes - both active and ancient, to earthquake geology to fossil beds to deep blue glacial lakes, scenic rugged coastlines, natural rock columns and towering granite domes and walls, California is one place I can spend many years exploring and still not be completely satisfied that I have seen it all. Here are our explorations thus far....
Sierra Buttes Fire Lookout Trail
The Sierra Buttes are a series of crags in the Lakes Basin in Northeastern California. At 8587 feet above sea level, the Buttes are the highest peaks in the Lakes Basin. The Buttes are composed of erosion-resistant rocks exploded from undersea volcanoes about 350 million years ago. Gold was mined here in the mid-to-late 1800’s. In 1869, a 106 pound gold nugget was uncovered near the Buttes.
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is an interesting museum in the Bay Area with real mummies, both human and animals, and many casts of different Egyptian artifacts. Though not a huge Museum, it is a good introduction to the Egyptian culture, in my opinion. There is a replica of a tomb below the museum, and a free guided tour daily (included in admission ticket), explaining the different burial practices. Note the unfinished portion of the painting on the tomb wall near the right - which was not uncommon. Ancient Egyptians had to be buried at 70 days after death, never longer, so the painters likely had to stop their work before it was finished when the 70th day arrived.
Meet The Family
We are a family with 3 kids looking to explore the world on a budget, one step at a time. We hike, bike, visit museums, geologic and historic parks, all in a bid to get to know our surroundings a little better. Come join us, then go out to make your own memories!
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