We had clear dry skies both nights, and made a valiant attempt to get data on the lunar graze. We also studied the San Andreas Fault features, relics of the Great Quake of 1857, searched for the layer of dark material formed at the Pleistocene impact event, explored the sediments and minerals at Soda Lake, and enjoyed the incredible wildflowers. The energy of the group was very high, and we got a lot of planetary geologizing done - a great weekend. Keep tuned as I slowly pick through the photos and post the best ones here. The title image, taken at sunrise from camp, shows the sacred Chumash site of Painted Rock catching the first rays of the sun, and Soda Lake in the distance.

At my graze station, Ann watches the live recording on the camcorder LCD screen. Well placed, I had 4 events!

Checking the recording... uh oh. Dirty tape heads! Doh... man!

The student graze station, having more fun with science than you can possibly expect. Where are they pointing??

Get it together guys... yeah, THERE's the moon!

Mars made a close conjunction with the moon right after the graze

Will "Bug Man" Scott (left) did some entymology on this trip, beginning with a scary looking potato bug at the graze site next to Soda Lake

Dawn from camp, above the foothills of the Caliente Range, looking south.

It's Saturday - time for my French Crepes breakfast. Barbara helps whip that batter