I left my truck registration and insurance card at the DMV on Friday…
It was off to retrieve it today.
I had to go to urgent care for my diverticulitis……
Picture taking ensued……..
We have been having winter here in the Mojave and the Mountains around it.
I took these pictures six days ago on the way home from Lancaster.
I took these on the way home from Lancaster this afternoon. It was snowing when we left but this one was really heavy duty.
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.
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”
Here we go again…………………………………..
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.
It was definitely a wet morning!
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.
It is now more like winter in our little corner of the world. While down below, aka The Inland Empire and The LA Basin has had a lot of rain causing road issues and flooding.
The Desert here is a great photo subject in all four seasons.
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……………………………….
I stopped on the side of Cal City Boulevard to get a few shots of an interesting cloud formation over the Southern Sierra Nevada Range just a few miles to the West.
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.
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.