Field Trip to Baja, Mexico

November 9-13 2005

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Celinda and a classic car just before crossing the US/Mexican border
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The Motor Pool's trend toward larger and larger vehicles continues...
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Life just across the border
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Note the nice termination shocks present at the base of the dam
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Doug studiously examines his eyelids
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We disturbed an owl at our stop at the geothermal fields
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Curtis Cooper discusses geothermal power
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Pete Lanagan, Jani Radebaugh, Zibi Turtle, Celinda Marsh, Abby Sheffer, Eve Berger and half of Ralph Lorenz
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Dave Choi explains mudpots, fumaroles and geysers...
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...with some illustrative help from Ralph
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Sadly, one cannot buy actual Coronas of this size
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Mark Szwast, Eve and David Minton in front of the playa
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Brian Jackson, Serina Diniega and Abby on the climbing dunes
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As Serina just explained in her talk, the climbing slope is at a gentle angle, while the falling slope is at the angle of repose
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A nice view of this dry lakebed
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Eve surrounded by sand and metamorphic rock
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Serina, Brian, Ralph, Zibi, Colin Dundas, Chris Okubo and unidentified feet around the campfire on Night 1
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Sunrise on Day 2--I took these pictures from my sleeping bag
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Celinda contemplates the ocean (and her breakfast)
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The lovely Gulf of California
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An unfinished beach house and my campsite (Doug again studies his eyelids)
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Maki Hattori talks about tides, while Zibi, Jani and Mike look on
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Abby and the Gulf
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Catherine Neish, Mark and Serina enjoy a game of frisbee while we wait for the vehicle to be repaired
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An unidentified LPLer and Zibi look at the dead battery while Eric Palmer converses with Diana Smith's leg
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Catherine and Eric
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A nice dust devil in Laguna Diablo
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A dike swarm in the mountains on our way to the Pacific
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Our caravan of vehicles
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Pete, Jade Bond, Ingrid Daubar, Curtis, Serina, Maki, Chris, Kerrie Hanna and John Keller
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Jason Barnes, trip organizer
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...and John
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Dave Choi and the Pacific Ocean
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Sunrise on Day 3 (again from my sleeping bag)
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Eve, Zibi, Catherine and Dave Minton
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The unappetizing algal mats
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Zibi and Catherine
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We head out into the muck to look for algae
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JK found a great sample showing many distinct layers
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Oleg Abramov stands on cliffs above the Pacific
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Serina
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JK
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Serina
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Colin and the vans
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The all-taco food group:Jason, Celinda, Mark, Jani and Bob
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LPLers walking back from lunch to hear talks
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Eve
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Kerrie talks about the longshore current
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A stand of huge cardon-a relative of the saguaro
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The joys of photography while on dirt roads
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More cardon
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Brian and JK talk about the KT landslide
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Oleg looks on
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Around the Night 3 campfire (Firebug Doug supervising)
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Serina, me and Maki
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Leaving camp on Day 4
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A house in El Chocolate...mmm...
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We wait on the side of the road while a practice race for the Baja 1000 off-roading race is completed
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Jason and Pete
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Colin, Oleg, Brian and Ralph. If memory serves, they were discussing how best to call in a tactical strike on the house behind us
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A waxing moon rises over the Pacific
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We head down the cliffs to look for ammonite fossils
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I found one!
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A shark's head--the beach was littered with them
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Abby talks about the ammonites
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Celinda is located conveniently close to a small sample
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We examine a sample up close
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Gwen Barnes and the Pacific
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Gwen, the ocean and the moon
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Celinda looks back at our campsite as the sun sets
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Vanmates announce that there's no one else they'd rather be stranglepissed with: JK, Diana, Curtis, Dave Minton and Kerrie
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Brian, Maki and Colin
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Doug in his pyromaniacal element
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There's a large crowd at the Night 4 campfire
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We wake up in the marine layer fog on Day 5
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Doug
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Sunrise on Day 5
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Curtis
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The debut performance of my new tent
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Clearly, Mexico is less concerned with keeping things PC than the US is. The Asians in our van were amused by this sign for La Cochinita, Japanese Food Factory
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Maki recorded the members of our van for posterity. The back of my head,
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The back of Dave's head,
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Doug, still studying those eyelids,
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And Eric

Other pictures of the trip:
Doug Archer
Jason Barnes
Bob Howell
Mike Bland
Curtis Cooper
Catherine Neish
Zibi Turtle
Dave Choi