Arrived back from the show in Boulder City, NV happy to meet a couple friends from blogland who had arrived during my absence. They’d never visited this part of the world before, so we spent a couple days doing the Imperial County Tourist thing. One item they were interested in finding was the mudpots. I’m glad they pressed me on this as I’ve also wanted to find the mudpots of Imperial County since I heard about them perhaps ten years ago. So, four or five sets of directions later and several dirt roads, we got there.
I was surprised that the mudpots are actually around six feet high – from pics I’d seen before I thought they were knee-height. Once we got near them, not only are they a visual item, but we discovered they made quiet hissing and gurgling noises. A few of them were active enough to produce small mud eruptions and I was actually close enough to get spat on. Got a few shots of the action, this is probably the best one. I wonder if last week’s earthquake swarm in the area invigorates them or calms them down?