Day trip to Baker

We decided to run up the 15 to Baker. One of our favorite little places is there, that being Alien Fresh Jerky. I got a T shirt that after it is laundered will be posted.

I did take the Trusty Nikon and I did get a few pictures taken. It was an aim and fire sort of thing.


Rainy day in the Southeast Kern County Desert

We had some pretty significant rain on Thursday. According to a friend of mine, almost an inch. The fire ravaged areas in LA, Ventura, Orange, Santa Barbara and Riverside counties really got it hard.

That aside, some of the cloud formations were a bit interesting. So without further ado, here we go. I took these at a dirt parking area at the junction of CA 58 and California City Boulevard.

ORPO sends.

Monday run to Lancaster…..

Pictures ensued…..

I had to take a release form to my VA doc from my dentist. It seems he is worried about the mixing of medications used for doing the dental work that I need and the ones the VA has me on. Another fun process………..argh……… The dentist also thinks it is a good idea to wait until the urinary issues to be resolved before I have teeth pulled and some oral surgery……

I have to admit that this stuff is getting old….. If it ain’t one thing, its another.

Seeing as the Trusty Nikon was in the car, I decided to grab a few pics on the way home. The H-60 was a pleasant surprise. It was shooting touch and goes at Mojave and I got lucky enough to get a few shots of it. The day is windy and we are under a wind advisory beginning at 1600 PDT…. The wind blows in the desert….. Big surprise isn’t it!

So here they all are!

Click them to enlarge and please enjoy!

ORPO Sends.

Blue Cut Fire: 96 homes, 213 outbuildings destroyed, official says |

Firefighters are slowly gaining on the fire. I could still see smoke this morning when I left work to head home.

Ninety-six homes and 213 outbuildings have been destroyed in the Blue Cut Fire, an official announced Friday morning, as the massive blaze continued to burn near the Cajon Pass. The fire is now 26 percent contained.

Source: Blue Cut Fire: 96 homes, 213 outbuildings destroyed, official says |

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.


Still Here

Fear not, dear readers! I haven’t gone anywhere. It has just been one of those weeks.

I am still adjusting to the graveyard shift hours, specifically the four ten hour ones I am currently working. Add in a wicked head and upper chest cold from Hades…………and the three foot and lower leg issues. The amiltriptyline is handling the neuropathy fairly well but the capsulitis and plantar faciitis are not a lot fun. It hurts like hell when I get up out of the rack and do something simple, like walking to the bathroom.

I should be back in harness fairly soon with some rather unique beer posts to start.

The Los Angeles County Air Show will be happening at Fox Field in Lancaster in March. I think I will attend and pay the rather stiff admission so the Nikon will get a work out. The Blue Angels Number 7 was in town this past week to let the Antelope and Fremont Valleys know they will be the headliners.


Random Desert Pics, 13 August 2015

Keeping the Nikon in the Titan allows me to do this. I think I need to keep it up. I will hopefully get to shoot a few of some trains on the BNSF Mojave Subdivision.

Looking toward Tehachapi at about 0620 hours
The Rand Mountains
The Borax Mine at Boron
Classic Road, Telephone Poles and Mountains view from the Mojave Desert
Air Force Rocket Lab out there on that mountain.

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A few pictures of the Desert

Long since abandoned
It may have been a ranch at one time
Looking North toward Red Rock Canyon, The Eastern Sierras and on to Ridgecrest
This used to be the Honda Engineering Proving Ground
Looking south along Neuralia Road
The junction of SR 14 with Randsberg-Redrock Road.
The 14 and 178
Just Because
Self explanatory
Red Rock Canyon State Park from the 3000 foot level
The Fremont Valley
Honda Proving Ground
Drifting Sand………………..

I went to Ridgecrest today to get a temporary handicap placard. I remembered to take my camera.

10 May 2014-Lt. Dan Band at Jethawks Stadium in Lancaster

This was an event to raise money to build a house for SPC Jerral Hancock of Lancaster who was severely wounded in Iraq.

Gary Sinise and many local businesses came through in a magnificent way.

It was a splendid evening indeed.

A group of Lancaster HS kids had the medals made to hand out to all the Veterans in attendance.
This gentleman is on one of those reality shows about the Repo business from right here in the Antelope Valley. He was in The Marines.
It was very windy and fairly chilly as well.
Prior and present Lancaster HS students who are in a group called OATH. These kids are awesome. When entering the stadium they all lined up at the entrance to cheer and give high fives to all of us.
Gary Sinise Rocks!

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Christmas Day 2013: Angeles National Forest and Wrightwood.

Missus ORPO and I did something different this year as we did not go back to Kansas or visit in Palmdale with family there. We took a day trip to the San Gabriel Mountains to see some snow and have a look around. The road into this area is The Angeles Crest Highway.

The new Nikon D3000 came in handy………………………………….

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