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

Blue Cut Fire in Cajon Pass Explodes to 18,000 Acres, 0 Percent Contained; State of Emergency Declared | KTLA

Here we go again…………………………………..

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in the fast-moving Blue Cut Fire that has exploded to 18,000 acres and forced more than 82,000 people out of their homes since it broke out Tuesda…

Source: Blue Cut Fire in Cajon Pass Explodes to 18,000 Acres, 0 Percent Contained; State of Emergency Declared | KTLA

The Rain and a Train

Got a few good ones on the way home this morning. We had been having rain since about sunrise and it was intense at first and then became a steady heavy drizzle.

The BNSF 5402 East was hauling ass through it as it headed for Barstow and a crew change for points east from Barstow.

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California City Boulevard from CA 58
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BNSF 5402 East through the highway spray

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A clearer view of BNSF 5402 East
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CA 58 looking toward the rain shrouded Tehachapi

It was definitely a wet morning!

Sunrise in the Antelope Valley

I had to take Missus ORPO to LAX to fly to Syracuse, NY to surprise Son Number 1 on his Fortieth Birthday. I was up at 0100 and we were on the road at 0200. I pulled up in front of American Airlines in about 0350 and I was headed home by 0415. I stopped for breakfast at Denney’s in Santa Claria for breakfast and Stater Bros in Mojave where I picked up a new IPA from Sierra Nevada.

Coming down the hill to Palmdale is a scenic pull out and the sky in the East was getting light so I decided to break out the Nikon.

Some are good and some are not. I am still trying to get it figured out.

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New Pictures of Snow!

The Tehachapi had a nice amount of snow on the East Slope. I had the Nikon and at the turn off from CA 58 to California City Boulevard is a bare lot. I actually stood in the bed of The Titan to get these.

It was slowly warming up from a low of 21 degrees at Edwards AFB…..The sky looks great on mornings like this.

I hope everyone enjoys these……………………………….

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Train Pr0n…………..again…………..

Not much to blog about lately…………….the news is the news and the repetitive bullshit gets to be a pain………………………….

Yours truly has the http://www.railpictures.net/ site up and I thought I would share a great photo with you all.

The following are from Railpictures dot Net from a place I loved to be when I was on the ballast trains…………………….The BNSF Needles Subdivision.

One of BNSF Railway's many, many intermodal trains speeds across the Mojave Desert, one of a seemingly endless string of double-stack trains on the railroad's Transcon mainline.  BNSF ES44C4 6861, ES44DC 7460 and ES44C4 6697 are in charge of train Z-LPKLAC7-01A (Priority UPS-LTL Intermodal; Logistics Park Kansas City KS to Los Angeles CA) on February 3rd, 2014.
One of BNSF Railway’s many, many intermodal trains speeds across the Mojave Desert, one of a seemingly endless string of double-stack trains on the railroad’s Transcon mainline. BNSF ES44C4 6861, ES44DC 7460 and ES44C4 6697 are in charge of train Z-LPKLAC7-01A (Priority UPS-LTL Intermodal; Logistics Park Kansas City KS to Los Angeles CA) on February 3rd, 2014.
BNSF 6877 West at Amboy, California
BNSF 6877 West at Amboy, California in Run 8 to make the uphill run to Ash Hill
BNSF 7220 West at Danby, California
BNSF 7220 West at Danby, California heading to points West.
BNSF 7284 at Ludlow, California with a long string of bare tables in the setting sun.
BNSF 7284 at Ludlow, California heading East with a long string of bare tables.

Most places on the Needles Sub are nothing more than station signs…………..The Bagdad Cafe is now in Newberry Springs…………………………………

This is a lonesome place………………………I love it out there. I may take a day this coming weekend and go take some pictures.

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
San Andreas Fault
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?