Volcano (CA), Grinding Rock, Water, Oak Leaves

Steven Tze Photography

ISO100, 200mm, f/8, 1/5 sec Chaw’se (Indian Grinding Rock), Volcano, CA

It does seem a bit strange for me to never have set foot at Chaw’se, also known as Indian Grinding Rock State Park.  I live within 30 minutes, worked for years within 10 minutes, and have countless times driven past the park, but never stopped.  Well, this past Sunday called for a quick local hiking excursion that was not too rigorous and this park fit the bill.  Quick for the sole fact we spent the entire morning sitting in the backyard garden drinking coffee and tea while watching our dogs explore every nook and cranny of the yard.  By the time we were ready to get some hiking in, it was early afternoon.

The focal point of the Grinding Rock is a very large outcropping of limestone pockmarked with over a thousand holes created over a millennium by Native Americans grinding acorns.  With 2nd rainstorm of…

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