We were heading north and with several routes to choose
from, we decided to drive up to Yucca Valley then through the Lucerne Valley to
get us on our way. The day was warm and
sunny and the quiet roads are easily traveled in this part of the state, which is lightly
|Painted Ladies Butterfly|
Southern California had a very large migration of these
orange butterflies, call the painted ladies and they were totally unavoidable
as we drove. Poor little fellas were
covering every grill driving in southern California. We’d not seen them in the swarms that others
had seen but I’d seen many pass by our RV earlier in the month. Scientists estimated there to be millions of
them. The season had offered plenty of
rain that caused the plants to thrive therefore create these numbers.
I do not ever recall seeing an Airstream motorhome like
this, such a vintage look to it. I tried
to find out when these were made but had no luck with that. The closest I’d seen were pull behind
trailers and there are more of them all the time, a very popular trailer, in
early days, before it was even called RV’ing.
We left Hwy 247 at Barstow and followed Hwy 58 crossing the Mojave
The Tehachapi is such a pretty valley to drive through,
especially early morning with the mist hanging on the hills. There are nine tunnels for the trains that
follow this route, a very unusual route for trains. A long train passes over itself going around
the loop. I’ve never timed that sight to
be able to get a photo but have seen many trains follow the track. It was definitely an engineering feat of its
day, opening in 1876. It was designated
a California Historical Landmark in 1998.
It had been many years since we had followed Hwy 99 as it
passed through so many smaller towns and that meant lots of stops and
starts. Just before we left to head
north, we learned that the freeway now passed right by that and there were no
stops so we decided we would take this different route and got onto that at
There are many agricultural sights to see on this route
including several cattle farms, almond orchards as well as fruit orchards and
also rice fields, like many sights on I-5.
The drought that had been happening for several years has been helped with
the rain that has more recently happened and the fields and orchards look much
happier than normal, even though it was still early in the season.
Wild turkeys are making a comeback in California after some
over hunting years. There are
conservation efforts that have helped to make that happen. They like forested areas with pastures and
orchards nearby so this was a great neighborhood for them.
They like to roost high in trees as night to
avoid predators as they have poor eyesight in the dark.
|Fires in Shasta County|
Sadly fires had done a lot of destruction in the hills as we
now followed I-5. The Shasta County area
had a lot of charred trees that could be seen from the highway. This fire was one of several in California that
caused a lot of problems during the summer of 2018.
|Lake Shasta |
There is often a difference in the level of Lake Shasta but
it looks good this time.
Always a nice
sight to see no matter the height, and not unusual to see some boaters out
if you wish to view some of the sights we saw on
our travels home last year.
We took a
different route for part of the way.
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