Skip to comments.The Splitting of Giant Rock (10 years on)
Posted on 01/09/2010 4:52:44 PM PST by UCANSEE2
I was in need of a California road trip real bad, so after provisioning with ten bucks worth of beef jerky, Triscuits, a can of aerosol cheese, a case of beer, guns and tools we shoved off and headed away from town.
Ended up at Giant Rock about dusk and discovered that Giant Rock is now Giant Rocks. Seems a couple of days earlier some religious freaks with no outdoors sense built a fire under the Integretron facing side of the rock. The fire blazed all night and stressed the rock internally until it fractured and sent an apartment sized boulder crashing to the ground.
Unfortunately nobody was hurt in the "accident". Now I hear the Shiterra Club wants to put a fence up around the rock - imagine that.
ABOVE is just an excerpt. Please read the whole letter!
I thought the author's comments on 'a new age' would be interesting, looking back at it 10 years later.
Has it happened????
I’ve climbed to the top of that rock.
Is that really monolithic?
Duct tape will fix that.
Shameless OT question (since beef jerky is mentioned): I grew up with beef jerky, but unfortunately it’s virtually unknown in Europe. I make my own from time to time, but it’s time consuming and getting it ‘right’ is a bit of hit-and-miss. Sooo, given the dollar-euro exchange rate, I figure I could just buy large batches straight from the US. Any suggestions for a high quality brand to look at (i.e, not exactly Lowrey’s)? Lots of offers on the net, of course, but which brand is worth giving it a try? TIA!
I thought the birth of that red moo-cow in Jerusalem a couple years ago was supposed to bring on a new age or something.
Or is that only for the joooz?
Oh well, sure. Anybody can claim a rock is big iffen ya bury the bottom half under ground.
I’ll bet most of that isn’t even visible. /sarchasm 8<)
I thought the natives consider it bad juju to climb Uluru.
For those about to rock...
Landers, California Something about Giant Rock seems to attract grandiose claims. Some say it is the largest free-standing boulder in the world. There are also WWII-era tales of a German spy blowing himself up with dynamite in a room hollowed out under the boulder. In the late 1940's, George Van Tassel (builder of the nearby Integratron) lived under the boulder and established the location as UFO Central; conventions of the faithful were held at Giant Rock into the 1970's (Van Tassel himself was said to have been abducted by extraterrestrials). Out here in the desert, all such assertions are as trustworthy as a mirage and can vanish just as quickly. But the rock itself remains; these days the site is the domain of partiers, campers and dirt bikers. The large detached piece seen in this photo broke off on February 21, 2000, probably due to lingering heat from a bonfire the night before. Even this event was seen as fulfillment of a prophecy ... just the latest grandiose claim associated with Giant Rock
The Barrack in Washington is starting to crack too.
Maybe the same kind of density?
I heard that after I got home and read more about Uluru. Since I’ve also been to the top of the dome at St. Peter’s Basillica in Rome, I consider the reverance due and paid evened out.
The view from the top of both is great, btw.
No. And I think we are in a 'new age'. It kinda sucks, though.
Send RED GREEN there. He'll have it back together in nothing flat.
OH, come on. Everyone knows fire can’t melt rock, or steel. Just ask Rosie.
“If you ever drop your car keys into hot lava, let ‘em go ... ‘cuz man, they’re gone.” - Jack Handy
( I love that one. )
Pot leaf on the water tower — That 70s Show, art imitating life. ;’)