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Ride with STAR Chapter 258 : Vasquez Rocks

Moorpark Country Harvest Cafe at 08:00 am
Danny DebbieZimmermann
Eric Jim
Ron Steve
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Join us for the Vasquez Rocks Ride!
Join us for the Monthly Meeting & Ride to Santa Clarita on Saturday, November the 13th, that will take us about 175 miles with a lunch stop at Sweetwater Cafe. Starting at Country Harvest Cafe in Moorpark at 08:00 am, our Ride Captain, Danny, will lead us safely through the roads and have us back around 4:00 pm.

This will be a fun ride through the canyons going up towards the desert. We will be stopping at Vasquez Rocks Park, which has been featured in many movies and TV shows over the years. After everyone has had some time to enjoy the park then we will head over to the Sweetwater Café for lunch before heading back into the canyons for the ride home.

In 1935, Universal Pictures assigned Stanley Bergerman as executive producer on the film Werewolf of London. Bergerman suggested the Vasquez Rocks as the location for what was supposed to be Tibet.[citation needed] Since then, Vasquez Rocks have been used innumerable times in motion pictures, various television series and in moving and still photography advertisements, and continue to be used in them today.

The triangular rock summit can be clearly seen in, for example, an Outer Limits episode called "The Zanti Misfits"; in numerous episodes of The Big Valley; in "Arena", an original series Star Trek episode where Captain Kirk rolls a boulder onto a reptiloid alien called a Gorn; and throughout a Bonanza episode called "Between Heaven and Earth".

The prominent rock formation has been nicknamed "Kirk's Rock" due to being featured in several Star Trek episodes, each time representing a different planet.[3] The use of the rock as a place to struggle with an enemy was echoed in the film Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey twice, once replaying the Gorn Star Trek episode on the TV, and again when title characters are murdered by their doubles at the same location.

The Vasquez Rocks were also used prominently throughout all three seasons of the science-fiction television series Roswell as something of an important location for the main characters and their story. The area is also featured as the location of the Command Center/Power Chamber for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers throughout Power Rangers Turbo. In a Season 5 episode of Friends - "The One with Joey's Big Break" - Joey lands the lead role in a movie being filmed at the Vasquez Rocks (though the peaks are not seen on camera). Also featured in the movie Paul, and in the 2009 "South by Southwest" episode of NCIS. The final episode of New Girl season 1 is primarily set here with the Rocks prominent in the background.

Tom Ford's 2009 movie A Single Man shows the characters George (Colin Firth) and Jim (Matthew Goode) lounging on the rocks in a black-and-white flashback scene.

In the Big Bang Theory episode "The Bakersfield Expedition," which aired in 2013, the four male protagonists appear to stop here, thanks to green screen, on their road trip to ComicCon in Bakersfield, CA. Since they have Star Trek: The Next Generation-themed costumes for the costume contest at ComicCon, they decide to have a brief photoshoot at the Star Trek filming site. Their stop goes horribly wrong when someone steals their car as they are taking pictures. In the episode "The Adhesive Duck Deficiency", the characters attempt to observe a meteor shower from "34.48° N, 118.31°W", the map coordinates of the Vasquez Rocks formation, to make it appear as if they were there.

The 1980s new wave band Wall of Voodoo used a photo of the rocks on their debut album, Dark Continent. Even more recently bands such as 311 have filmed music videos at Vasquez Rocks.
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