We did not find the Gorn, but we did see Vasquez Rocks;)
Yes we are Star Trek fans, both the original and the Next Generation…so this was a no brainer for us, as well as being fans of “Paul” I was amazed to find out so many films and TV shows have used this fantastic location! Not to mention the Big Bang Theory;) We locked the truck;) The only Gorn Mike found was a mask in the gift shop, he was tempted but it would have given Groot and Gamora heart failure;) a Metron mask and outfit would have been better:)
Did you know: The prominent rock formation has been nicknamed “Kirk’s Rock” due to being featured in several Star Trek episodes, each time representing a different planet. wikipedia.org
These rock formations were formed about 25 million years ago by rapid erosion after an uplift along the San Andreas Fault. We didn’t find any diamonds, sulphur or potassium nitrate;) In 1873 and 1874, Tiburcio Vásquez, one of California’s most notorious bandits used these rocks to hide from law enforcement. His name has since been associated with this geologic feature. If it looks familiar, check out the list of Movies, televison series and music videos that have been made here!
Movies, TV and music videos made at Vasquez rocks
We hiked along the paths and among the rocks and noticed how many similar plants there are here that we find at Conception, felt a bit at home:) The air here is brown though, the views to the hills are pretty but not clear. The Yucca Whipplei are blooming, fantastic flowers! Life in so many small places.
We looked at all the RV options for this area and ended up at The Californian RV Resort about 11 miles from the rocks. It is”highly illogical” as Spock would say. A terraced concrete parking lot, not our idea of nice. Sandwiched in like sardines with loose gravel footing once you get your slides out proved to be a bit of a dance to get everything hooked up. Space is short with the dually hanging out the back into the road as well:( worst, electricity started spiking at 11pm 133 volts until 7:30 this morning but it has been spiking off and on all day, the coach shuts off at that voltage to protect itself, poor beggars with no protection are frying their stove, microwave and water heaters if they stay here long. Scotty would NOT approve;) The monthly sites looked a bit larger but for over-nighters it is not a spot we’ll come back to. Sadly reading all the reviews this was the best rated in the area. Santee Lakes spoils us for so many other places:) at $42 a night with the Good Sam discount this seems a bit as we feel like we are dry camping with the electric shutting off and on all day, and off all night! But we got to see the rocks! Woohoo friends!
Live long and prosper! To boldly go where Groot has not gone before;) or as our favourite captain once said:
“Live now; make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.”
Jean-Luc Picard, “Inner Light”
Stay tuned as we head North to Vancouver!