Photography by Ian L. Sitren

Posts tagged “Mojave Desert

Grafitti At Rock-A-Hoola

Some examples of the graffiti at Rock-A-Hoola, an abandoned waterpark east of Barstow in the Mojave Desert.

From a photo excursion in June 2018. Camera was a Fujifilm X-T1 using the Velvia film simulation. Lens was the Fujifilm XF 16-55 f/2.8.

Rock-A-Hoola

Abandoned waterpark in the Mojave Desert

Rock-A-Hoola

Abandoned waterpark in the Mojave Desert

Rock-A-Hoola

Abandoned waterpark in the Mojave Desert

Rock-A-Hoola

Abandoned waterpark in the Mojave Desert

Rock-A-Hoola

Abandoned waterpark in the Mojave Desert

Rock-A-Hoola

Abandoned waterpark in the Mojave Desert

Rock-A-Hoola

Abandoned waterpark in the Mojave Desert

Rock-A-Hoola

Abandoned waterpark in the Mojave Desert

Rock-A-Hoola

Abandoned waterpark in the Mojave Desert


Rock-A-Hoola

Rock-A-Hoola, an abandoned waterpark, east of Barstow in the Mojave Desert. Built as a private resort in the 1950’s, opened to the public in 1962. Renovated and re-opened in 1998. In 1999 an employee using one of the slides into a partially empty pool became a paraplegic and was awarded $4.4 million in a payout. After various owners it closed for good in 2004.

From a photo excursion in June 2018. Camera was a Fujifilm X-T1 using the Velvia film simulation. Lens was the Fujifilm XF 16-55 f/2.8.

Rock-A-Hoola

Abandoned waterpark in the Mojave Desert

Rock-A-Hoola

Abandoned waterpark in the Mojave Desert

Rock-A-Hoola

Abandoned waterpark in the Mojave Desert


Doesn’t Look Like Much

Doesn’t look like much does it? See the jeeps in our caravan just to the left and the dirt road as it winds to the right. Now imagine troops on that road suddenly coming under fire from soldiers with a machine gun, rifles and grenades or a mortar hidden from behind this rock barricade. Unseen from your position below.

On a tour of a very small part of General Patton’s Desert Training Center from World War II in the Mojave Desert. The area was chosen by Patton because it very much resembled the terrain and climate of North Africa. Watch the beginning of the 1970 motion picture “Patton” and you will get an idea of the comparison.

The tour yesterday was courtesy by the Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) in Joshua Tree and guided by the Bureau of Land Management. Sponsorship by Keen footwear. It was really outstanding! Thanks!

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Get Your Kicks On Route 66!

Hey Everyone! My buddies at the Sun Runner newspaper are taking you on a great trip on Route 66. You can spend a lot of time trying to figure out where to go and what to do on a trip like this and still miss so very much. Spend the few bucks and grab your cameras and get onboard for a fun and interesting journey unlike any other. As is said in my all time favorite ad slogan… “Just Do It”!

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