Friday, July 10, 2014 – Sedona to Tehachapi, CA
What will we find in Tehachapi? We were asked why we would want to go to Tehachapi which is only 45 miles East of Bakersfield? We have sort of worried about Tehachapi the whole trip. Would we even want to stay the whole week?
A Comment on Sedona and SR 89A. They had finally put out a big fire. It was not too much along the road but the camp grounds and state parks and forests were all closed. Whenever it rained in the Oak Creek canyon, they closed the road because of possible flooding. SR 89A is mostly in the Cocochino National Forest.
It was 5:42 when we left Sedona for Tehachapi, CA via Lake Havasu City and one stop on Route 66.
We passed over the Arizona divide which was 7,335 feet and we are now at 5,000 so we are going downhill. There were Ponderosa Pine and now there is desert and hills with bushy trees, valleys and hills. There is irrigation for some pastures with cattle on them. The sky is blue with a few fluffy white clouds and it is only 8:05 only two hours into our 8 hour drive.
After three hours into our drive and we are at 2,600feet. We are going downnnnnnnnnnnnn hill. We were at 500 feet near Needles, CA. You know, the hottest place in the US. It was also part of Route 66. We stopped and saw an old 66 Motel and sign, an old Trails Inn, and the 20 mule team wagon used in the old Death Valley Days TV show starred by Ronald Reagan.
We drove through the Mojave Desert which had bare rocky hills, lots of flat land with tumble weed for miles and miles and miles.
Oh, Oh there are many, many twirling outer space monsters again on the hills near the town of Mohave. California is being invaded. It seems they are multiplying. There are shorter ones and ones which appear to be immature as their posts (legs) are not solid but can be seen through. I think we are in trouble from these monsters.
We arrive at Tehachapi! It is up in the hills between the desert and Bakersfield. It is hot but not excessively so. We drive about 10 miles out of the town into another valley that is not large but has lots of irrigation of organic farming and a llama ranch.
Stallion Springs is on a golf course and on a slight hill with trees. It is a gold crown resort and has the largest, prettiest, grandest, one bedroom condo we have had. We have a view of the golf course and all is clean and very nice. We shall stay the week. We only plan one long trip to the Sequoias.
Stay tuned for a quiet week and what we find at the Sequoia Nation Park.
Sorry pictures are not transferring at all. I have a feeling they don't have fast enough Wifi. I will try again later.