TRAVELOG: Unstable geology and a Museum of Death

Over the weekend, my gracious hosts took me out to Portuguese Bend out in Palos Verdes. It’s apparently the most geologically unstable portion of land in the US. As we drove along a road that seemed to be comprised mostly of patches due to the many geologic shifts and slides, my friend pointed out the large metal water pipe running along the roadside aboveground. I was told that the ground shifts often enough that there are teams that wait for a shift, then rush out to fix the water pipes. It’s startling how many enormous mansions are built throughout the area. It’s also home to the Trump National Golf Club course. The area is an interesting mix of native vegetation and the overstated, lush and verdant landscaping that the well-to-do have clustered around their enormous houses…

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