Went to do a few things…. Gas in the Civic, Cigars and some things from Rite Aid.
The Trusty Nikon needed to be used ya know. Today is a mix of smoke and dust as the wind is up a bit here in the Southeast Kern County Desert at Casa de Sharon y Glenn.
Oh, it was 104 degrees……. Hot and the air feels heavy, if you know what I mean.
Yep, I admit freely that I do love this desert. When I was with Herzog on the GPS Ballast Trains, the home office always knew that I would go to the desert.
There has been some interesting things concerning the illegal marijuana growing operations in Cal City lately. However, some folks are upset at the two unsolved murders that occurred here. It is a dichotomy of a different sort.
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.
“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.
I had to remove all the stuff I had done in the front yard so the landscaper can do his thing on Wednesday. The Landlord had the landscaper over the other day and we are getting a rock front yard with a tree.
We also had a thunderstorm to the Northwest and West at the same time.
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.