Lenticulars over The Fremont Valley

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I made a run to the Rite Aid for Missus ORPO and these were in the sky. We are actually located in the Fremont Valley and not the Antelope Valley.

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Desert Half Moon

It was a pleasant morning and I took the liberty of spending time on the front verandah at Casa de Sharon y Glenn here in the Southeast Kern County Desert.

When I stopped at the Shopette on Edwards AFB this morning to fuel the Titan, I discovered that they had a small variety of decent cigars………………

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A California Dream

California’s third-largest city by area is an urban-planning disaster, a sprawl of empty grids that aspired to become a megacity—and failed. But as the desert works to reclaim the land, it’s become a mecca of another kind.

Rosecrans Baldwin

As most of you readers know, this is where I live. Here is a story from Mental Floss that details it.

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2016 issue of mental_floss magazine.

“It was June in the Mojave desert and the sun was blistering. The land around me was empty, scorched, and flat, dotted by brush and the occasional piece of windswept trash. Judging by the map, the intersection where I’d stopped was a busy crossroads between two major thruways. But when I shifted into park in the middle of the road, no one honked. No one looked at me funny. I hadn’t seen another car in an hour at least.

It was probably the safest intersection in America to pull over and take a nap.

According to the map, I was surrounded by cul-de-sacs and neighborhoods. In reality, there was nothing but sand and more sand—and roads. Endless roads. Roads in all directions, marked by white fence posts and the occasional lonely pole. Some were paved. Some were dirt. Some had long ago been reclaimed by the encroaching sand.

California City, California, is the third-largest city by area in America’s third-largest state, and most of it barely even qualifies as a ghost town—a ghost town needs people to have lived there first.

California City is a ghost grid”

https://mentalfloss.atavist.com/a-california-dream

The Santa Barbara Fire

The big fire down by Santa Barbara is at 4,000 plus acres. This morning the smoke showed up in the Antelope Valley. At sunrise we realized it wasn’t high thin clouds.

I had to fuel my pickup and stop at the exchange before heading home. When I left the exchange, I could smell the smoke. Jets taking off were disappearing in short order on climb out from the base.

On the way home, I broke out my Trusty Nikon and grabbed a few pictures at the California City Boulevard turnoff. I give you those pictures.

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Cal City Boulevard looking North
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The San Gabriel Mountains
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Another shot of the San Gabriel Mountains
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Looking West toward the Tehachapi along the utility service road parallel to the 58
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Another view of Cal City Boulevard

I also decided to include the link to the latest on the fire from KTLA 5 out of Los Angeles.

Brush Fire Burning in Santa Barbara County Grows to 4,000 Acres; 5 Percent Contained

Getting some heavy weather

Mother Nature is at it again. We are in for some rain and very high winds this afternoon and evening.

Our immediate forecast includes winds up to 75 mph according to the Wind Warning, with the rain. For those who think the desert is a dry and warm place should come here at this time of year………….

It has snowed a handful of times since we came to California. When I was working the ballast trains, it snowed at Amboy out there along the old 66/A T & S F in December of 2007.

California City Forecast for 31 January 2016

Mojave Desert Ramblings….after a trip to the San Fernando Valley

Lamont Odette Vista Point. This is a favourite spot of mine for pictures of the Antelope Valley.
Lamont Odette Vista Point. This is a favourite spot of mine for pictures of the Antelope Valley.
California Aqueduct. Northern California Water going to LA.
California Aqueduct. Northern California Water going to LA.
Air Force Plant 42. Secret Squirrel Place
Air Force Plant 42. Secret Squirrel Place
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This wind turbine is on a residential property
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San Andreas Fault
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BAE Systems Hangar at Mojave Air and Space Port. This place is tighter than a pig’s ass at fly time next to Eddy’s Airplane Patch.
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Rainbow In The Desert!
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Looking toward Palmdale
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Signs, Signs
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UP Coal Train parked……………they sometimes sit for days
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The Antelope Valley Freeway aka California Route 14. It runs from I-5 at Santa Clarita to the Junction with US 395 north of Ridgecrest.
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California City Boulevard. Ground Level. Anthony Bourdain, where are you?

Desert Sunrise 21 August 2015

I left the house earlier than usual as the sun does rise later in the latter half of August. I was lucky enough to catch the sun as it broke above the mountains to the East. I got a few of the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains to the East with the Grey Light Of Dawn hitting them and the hill on California City Boulevard as well.

It is interesting how the mountains to the East, West and South have a bluish tint in the early morning. The Air Force Rocket Lab is a bit ethereal at this time of day…………….

This Desert, where I live and work is an amazingly beautiful place.

In the mix is a BNSF Train going East to Barstow with three GE’s on the head end and two GE’s on the rear as pushers………………..22,000 Horsepower!

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Pictures of The Southeast Kern County Desert

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My City in the Distance, California City

 

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Another view of California City

 

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Mojave Spaceport(MHV) with the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance

 

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Looking up the Tehachapi Pass to the West

 

 

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Wind Turbines……………and more Wind Turbines. Kern County communities do not get power from these. It goes to Los Angeles.

 

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Signs, signs, everywhere the signs, blocking out the scenery

 

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Some got captions. Some did not. This is a look at the that part of California, where Missus ORPO and I live, here among the Joshua Trees.