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Rock PaintingWhen we lived in California, we lived in a small town in what we referred to as the high desert. The high desert is actually in the Mojave Desert and the name of that town is Ridgecrest. And since you have probably never heard of it, I’ve included this nice little map to show you where it is.

Ridgecrest

Ridgecrest only exists because the government decided to put a Navy base smack dab in the middle of the desert in the 1940’s. A Navy base in the desert, ponder that! Ridgecrest is fairly isolated. To shop at an actual mall you have to drive 90 minutes south to Lancaster or San Bernadino or over and through the Sierra Nevada mountains to Bakersfield.

The desert is alive with snakes, lizards, scorpions, tarantulas, black widows, sun spiders, which are also called vinegaroons. They are without a doubt the ugliest bug you’ve ever laid eyes on, and just to prove it I’m showing you a picture.

Ridgecrest

Moving up the food chain, there are jack rabbits, fox, coyotes, bobcats, owls, roadrunners (beep, beep) and various other birds. Oh, and we can’t forget the mustangs. The Navy base is very large and is home to a herd of wild horses, plus wild donkeys. There are also Native American petroglyphs in the rocky hills that lie within the bounds of the base.  These are really amazing and I encourage you to check out this article that was in the Los Angeles Times: “To see these Mojave Desert petroglyphs, you first have to pass a Navy screening“.

And now it’s also home to the cutest little idea… Ridgecrest, CA Rocks!  It all started as a facebook page called… you guessed it:  Ridgecrest, CA Rocks A community in the desert of southern California is inspiring creativity, unity and pride with; of… Click To Tweet

This is there introductory statement:  “Welcome to Ridgecrest, CA. Rocks! This group was created as a community forum for individuals who’d like to participate in painting, hiding and finding rocks in the Ridgecrest area.  The goal is to have fun, inspire creativity, and promote positivity and unity in our community, as well as encouraging people to get out and explore the beautiful area in which we live.

Anyone can participate, and it’s not difficult.  Just find a rock, paint anything you’d like on it, whether that’s a picture, a positive message, or anything else, and then hide it in a public area to be found by someone else.

Some people just paint rocks, some people just hide rocks, and some do both.  Any participation is welcome!  If you find a rock, it’s yours.  You can keep it, leave it, or re-hide it.  Just make sure to take a photo and post it in this group for us all to enjoy!”

Kids and adults alike are having a blast with this!  My daughter and grandchildren have found, painted and hidden rocks.  Their beautiful creations are in the picture above.

So tell me, do you live in a community or neighborhood that might be inspired by doing something like this?

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P.S.  One more interesting little tidbit of info:  The highest point in the continental United States is Mt. Whitney.  The lowest point in the continental United States is Death Valley and they are only 85 miles apart as the crow flies.  From Ridgecrest it is 91 miles to Mt. Whitney and 121 miles to Death Valley.  A land of contradiction!

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Nina June 15, 2017, 9:23 am

what a fun idea! Great article Teresa!

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Teresa June 15, 2017, 9:50 pm

Thanks Nina! I thought it was a great idea and something fun for everyone in the community!

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Joyce June 17, 2017, 10:12 am

This post is delightful! I loved imagining the peace of mid-dessert living, alongside so many unusual creatures! But the rock painting tradition is just too much fun! What a spirit of community it has created! I love the samples you’ve shown and wish there was something like that here – perhaps it’s my job to start it!
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Teresa June 19, 2017, 7:11 am

Maybe so Joyce, I can envision an upcoming post about starting this with your grandchildren! If anyone can do it, it’s you! Thank you for stopping by and reading. Teresa

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Dianna June 18, 2017, 6:22 pm

I work in Kingsport, TN and they have a Kingsport Rocks facebook group. My son’s school painted rocks to hide as one of their art projects. So fun!
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Teresa June 19, 2017, 7:09 am

It is such a idea! Now that school is out it’s something that parents can do with their kids too. Thanks for stopping by!

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