Amboy Crater and Shoe Tree

This 250-foot-high crater is approximately 6,000 years old (although it may have been active as recently as 500 years ago) and one of the best examples in the Mojave Desert of a volcanic cinder cone. There is a trail to the rim.

Just outside of Amboy, a venerable Palo Verde has been pressed into service as a "shoe tree." Hundreds of pairs of shoes have been thrown up into its branches. Unfortunately the added weight and high wind conditions have resulted in some of those branches being snapped off. Further down the road, a smaller shoe tree is struggling to keep up.

In other Route 66 weirdness, the escarpment along the side of the road all the way into Essex has been tagged with peculiar "rock grafitti" – rocks of contrasting color spelling out all kinds of stuff all the way down the road.













Three Days in the Mojave Map

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~ by ravenjake on January 12, 2008.

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