I think I mentioned before that since we have to go out of town to see most specialists for our health, my husband and I decided to make lemonade of this lemony fact and create fun road trips. I bring my camera and entertain my hubby with my oh's and ah's for all the pretty things I see by the roadside.
Thursday, we went to Bakersfield, where I had to see two doctors. I feel a bit bad for this city, not only does it have the worst air and the heaviest people, now, as if that's not bad enough, I heard that it is also the most illiterate city in the country.
On our way down the mountain, we pass the Chavez Center, which always reminds me of my younger days, when we boycotted grapes in support of the farm workers' struggle.
Cattle browsing on green grass instead of that dry, yellow stuff they usually eat in this part of the country.
Orange groves in our county have been in jeopardy because of cold weather this winter.
Doctors' visits over and shopping done, we head east toward home.
A train headed up the mountain never fails to excite me. I love both trains and good engineering and this railroad was quite a feat when it was designed in the 1800s to include the Tehachapi Loop and many, many tunnels through the mountain.
I always enjoy seeing Barn Charm pictures by my blogger friends. This is one of the very few old-fashioned barns in this area. Since it is by the freeway, it's not easy to capture it in a photo. But here it is for all you barn fans to enjoy.
Our area is famous for its four seasons, apples, lilacs, trains, converging winds and wind turbines. On Thursday, the turbines stood still, so unusual and strange looking, I had to take a picture as we drove by. Almost home.....
Reminds me of the trip my husband and I took in 2008. I remember those wind turbines -- had never seen anything like them! What a lovely day and how nice to see all that green stuff!ReplyDelete
love your terrain. the cattle scene is beautiful. the wind farms still fascinate but astound me, too. :)ReplyDelete
Those are some nice pictures, and it does seem to make the time go faster, for me, at least. Do you count the train cars when you see a train? I started that when I was small and learning to count, and for some reason never stopped... Yes, odd, I know. The only wind farms I have seen around are in the eastern part of Oregon... But it looks like you have lots to see!ReplyDelete
An unusual photo is a great one to take, Inger. That's a frozen moment in time and you've captured it.ReplyDelete
I was sad to hear about Bakersfield. I always think of that Dwight Yoakim and Buck Owens song by the same name. Education seems to be failing a lot of the population.
You and your hubs sound like us, hubs drives and I take photos of things, too. Have a great weekend, Inger.
My husband just got home from Ca for a 10 day trip in the north and the south visiting long time friends (who won't travel to Alaska) and our son in Temecula. Ca is such a gorgeous state with a very nice climate but they are building way too much taking out the orchards. This has been going on for many many years. I hope your area remains wide open like it is now. BTW I'm not visiting or blogging as much due to being busy here with my two students and all my other stuff I do.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the ride--I enjoyed it!!ReplyDelete
I didn't realize those were wind turbines until you said it. Bakersfield sounds like a sad place. During the brief time I taught high school I was shocked by all the students who could barely read. What is wrong with us in the U.S.? We don't give everyone healthcare and for some reason we can't teach so many kids how to read.ReplyDelete
How nice to be a passenger with a camera. Really nice shots, loved the one facing east.ReplyDelete
I am all for idea of wind energy, but they really aren't very attractive are they. Now if instead they looked like the Dutch
Such beautiful countryside and vistas! And look at all those wind turbines! I thought we had a lot!! Love these shots Inger!ReplyDelete
You really had a lovely road trip....the views are really awesome...and the turbines is what I really love....I hope I can see one someday...:)ReplyDelete
Oh Inger what a great trip even if it was heading to the doctor nice way to make it fun. I love the train thinking abut going through the tunnels gets me excited. I love the look of those wind turbines. Thanks for the fun tour. Hug BReplyDelete
What a beautiful road trip, Inger. (I hope everything went well for you at the doctor's.) Thank you for the barn photo. *sighs* It seemed like the red paint was similar to the red color in Finland. I didn't realize Bakersfield had such problems. *shakes head* And about education in general--oh, it's terrible how we've thrown so many youth under the school bus. We'll never know the leaders and academicians and so on we've lost. It's sad, sad, sad!ReplyDelete
That was a good road trip. Our road trip coming up won't be scenic until we get where we're going.ReplyDelete
Murphy & Stanley
I enjoyed your trip - but then again I didn't have to go to the doctors. It was very pretty!ReplyDelete
Beautiful country, Inger.ReplyDelete
I love seeing more of your state!ReplyDelete
What some great pictures Inger.Before we came to Texas we were in California,the southern part very similiar!ReplyDelete
it may be a long drive, but it is a beautiful one... thanks for my road trip....ReplyDelete
Love the rolling hills and greenery Inger. What a nice drive!ReplyDelete
Really great views through the windshield!ReplyDelete
Oh va kul och se lite landskapsbilder från där du bor, men jösses vilken vindpark.....vi har fått även en här någon mil bort.ReplyDelete
I love your road trip photos, Inger! Such a nice way to pass time while on a long drive. I hope your medical appointments went well and your day finished nicely! And I feel the same as you about trains! My husband works for Union Pacific so he can usually answer my questions when we're traveling and I want to know more about the trains I see running alongside us! :-)ReplyDelete
Love These pictures! Beautiful country-side..!ReplyDelete
Kjempefine landskaps bilder.ReplyDelete
Thanks for taking all of us along on your trip :) My windshield is never clean enough to take pictures through...lolReplyDelete
You always take the most artistic photos EVEN IN A MOVING CAR :D!ReplyDelete
Dear Inger, I've been to California twice on business trips for Winston Press. Once to Anaheim and once to San Francisco. Neither time did I get out into the countryside. So your photographs of hills and valleys and sloping mountains really shows me a topography that I don't associate with California. Thank you for expanding my vision. Peace.ReplyDelete