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easy, I think..

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A mysterious place.

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looks like Crater Lake.

IIRC - ash from the eruption of Mt. Mazama that created Crater Lake has been found as far east as Kansas.

Yup !!!

Crater Lake has a odd vibe, imo.

 

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Nope. Additional hint: it's not in California, and it's a pretty obscure location, not a famous tourist attractor.
Ok, I don't think this or my other one will be guessed, so I'll identify them. I posted some lesser known areas, to try to give some ideas on interesting places that aren't part of the main attractions that people usually know about.

The stone formations are from a hiking trail in Cochise Stronghold in the Dragoon mountains between Tucson AZ and the Chiricahua National Monument in SE Arizona, whose rock formations they resemble somewhat. This is where Cochise and part of his tribe of Apaches hid out successfully, evading the US troops that were trying to apprehend him. They knew their way in and out of these mountains to avoid capture for a long time.

Both are remote but very interesting places. Chiricahua is up there with Bryce Canyon in terms of fascinating rock formations, and Cochise Stronghold/Dragoon is smaller and less spectacular, but a nice side trip nonetheless.

The other one I posted with the desert scene and palms is the Whitewater Preserve between Palm Springs and Banning CA, just beyond the turnoff for Highway 62 that goes north towards Joshua Tree. It is a great little oasis with a pond, visitor center, and lots of vegetation in the midst of the desert mountains. Part of the Pacific Crest Trail passes through it right nearby for some good day hiking. Unfortunately, I just read that a fire in August hit the area, and it is working on recovery from that, so is only partially open currently.

Whitewater is part of the Wildlands Conservancy, which has acquired and preserved several unique and interesting nature preserves in California - mostly southern but some in northern California too. Here's a link to more info for anyone interested in exploring them:

 
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Looks like Rocky Monster from Galaxy Quest, lol.

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Yep - that's Grignak.

BTW - many people (myself included) include Galaxy Quest as a Star Trek film, since it is so completely linked to Star Trek. Which I think easily places within the top five Star Trek. The script is taut and well-written, with everything fitting together. Reading backstory, it impressed Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver immediately. It's pretty funny, and is direct on in its targets of the show, the actors, the fandom.

But unlike many other movies of that type, it remains human. Through the humor, there is clear affection. And it's all builds around a premise of people becoming friends and becoming better people as they are forced to actually becoming the characters they had only pretended to be.
 
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I wish I could fish this canyon which is consider a really long water fall going by its name. I can fish below and above it. Some people are allowed to fish in it.

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Todays picture.
 

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Heart shadow on the red rocks at sun set Sedona.

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Does anyone recognize this location inside a National Park?

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This is a friends picture from her back deck from last night.

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