Desert Evening 1 April 2018

I had to go to the DG Market and decided to take a few pictures on the way home.

#desertevening

#desertsunset

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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

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

Back on The Verandah…………………………….For Buck

It has been too long since I did a Beer Blogging Post from The Verandah at Casa de Glenn y Sharon………………..

Too Long

It wasn’t the same without The Exile In Portales…………………………………………….

Yes, the eyes are a bit misty now……………………..as I think of my dear friend who is no longer with us……………..and I do think of him regularly

The first Verandah Post this year is for the memory of our friend and one of my blogging mentors……………………..Master Sergeant Buck Pennington……………………………May His Memory Be A Blessing

Red Hook ESB and a Cuesta Rey Captiva
Red Hook ESB and a Cuesta Rey Captiva
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Back on The Verandah at Casa de Sharon y Glenn

Desert Evening

Run to get a cople of See Gars at Rite Aid.

Neat Cloud with the setting sun on it.

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California City Hall with the Cal City PD Cell Antenna Clusters.
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Rand Mountains and Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains in the distance

Storm Coming This Way

We are getting storm lines from the one that is raising hell in other parts of California. I shot some on the way home after going in to get my stuff that had been in my locker, so I can take it to the new location for our AMU.

We are now getting activity from the third line of this storm so far. No problems here in the Southeast Kern County Desert, so far.

Four of the pics I took from in front of the house.

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Desert Wind……………..

The wind was very strong today in California City and the surrounding areas…………….Missus ORPO said that the weather guessers were saying upwards of 60 mph……………………Sand was everywhere………………………

Here are a few pics of the afternoon and evening……………Enjoy

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