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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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!

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
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?

More Random Desert/Boneyard Pics/Etc from today

Seems I had to go to Mojave and the Stater Bros Market therein………………..Missus ORPO needed some fixins for Mango Salsa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I took the Trusty Nikon with me and managed to grab a few pictures of the Boneyard and other sundrie items……………………………………………………….

Please do enjoy them!

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Mojave Air and Space Port. Pretty fancy name for a place known as a bone yard.
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L1011 by the tower
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BAC 111’s formerly used as test aircraft by BAE Systems
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Mojave to the Left Bishop to the Right
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Two Ex KLM MD-11s in the mix. One of those 767s is the infamous Gimli Glider, C-GAUN.
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Ex Southern Air Cargo and Ex Atlas Air Cargo 747s
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Ex Thai Airways, Qantas and Lufthansa 747s that a few months ago were in service. They are now waiting their fate.

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Two hangars at Edwards AFB are visible from CA14
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The California City Boulevard Exit
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Paging Anthony Bourdain!
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Did someone say Joshua Trees!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Raven Statue just off of CA14 on California City Boulevard. The Ravens are the California City High School Nickname