Today we traveled through areas we’ve traveled before along US 395 and CA 58. We left the desert in Mojave, CA ands climbed through the mountain pass west of Tehachapi, CA. Before we had Winnie, we spent a week in Tehachapi at a time share. While there, we were fortunate enough to see the space shuttle land at Edwards Air Force Base which we passed today.
We made a stop at Murray’s Family Farm on the downhill side of the Tehachapi Pass to pick up some produce and snacks. It’s one of those places that advertises miles before you get there tempting you to stop. Since I needed to stretch my legs we did.
In Bakersfield, we headed north into the Central Valley along CA 99 which we’ve traveled before. The Central Valley is the salad bowl for the country. The last time we were here a couple of years ago, water was a big issue because the Federal Government was limiting irrigation water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River system from being diverted to the Central Valley. The problem was the Delta smelt, a small fish, may be damaged by diverting too much water. Based on the signs we saw today, it appears that it’s still a problem. The restrictions on water have lead to extremely high unemployment in the agricultural communities of the Central Valley for the last 5 years.
We pulled into the Visalia/Sequoia National Park KOA for the night.