So, after we ATE we headed on up the road, taking the back road instead of the freeway into Tehachapi, then down into the desert.
Windmills on the hills outside of Tehachapi.
Very long very straight desert road.
Back up into the mountains.
Then winding through the mountains, some little tiny towns with populations of like 107, and past Lake Isabella. I'm not real impressed with this lake, the area really is not all that pretty, and this is not a natural lake but rather a planned dammed 'recreation area'. They were having a fishing derby over the weekend and every shore was packed with campers. It is odd to me that they let all the campers just drive right to the edge of the lake and park. I don't know, camping is okay if you've got the deluxe camper with a toilet and shower and all, but I think I'd pick a much nicer lake than this one.
As soon as you get past the lake, you start going back down the mountains through the Kern River Canyon, which is very pretty but gets very scary narrow towards the bottom. You know, where they have signs saying 'road narrows' but you are wondering how much narrower could it possibly get. It's also a long long way down to the river in parts and you are kind of cringing at the thought of going off the road, crashing over all the boulders, and ending up in the river in a million pieces. Not the most relaxing part of the trip.
This is before the scary part.
And more river.
And that's all, folks.
It would be nice to live up in the mountains but having to drive that long winding road to do any real shopping or get to work would not be fun at all.