I’m getting a lift towards LA, travelling with Gerry, Sandy and Rhiannon, when Gerry asks if I am interested in stopping off on the way at planet Vulcan. Of course, I say yes.
Vasquez Rocks is an area of natural rock formations caused by the San Andreas fault. Look in one direction and you can see smooth boulder formations, turn around and you face a dramatic rock strata, sticking out of the earth at 60 degrees. Being so close to LA and Hollywood it is inevitable that it should be used in numerous films and TV shows, including Star Trek. Walking about I half expect a Gorn to jump out at me, and I can’t but help look for a barrel of a Winchester amongst the western-looking boulders to my left.
We drive on until we reach Sandy and Gerry’s home, where we dump my luggage and pick up Shawn, before going to Famous Dave’s, where we are served a massive BBQ platter on a (clean!) garbage can lid.
The next day, I was going to get the train into LA, a 2 hour journey, but Gerry kindly offers to drive me when he gets home from work. So I get to hang out for the day with Sandy and Rhiannon. When Gerry returns, I am ready and packed, and he, Sandy and myself head into LA, stopping on the way for an excellent pizza.