Sonora Arizona Desert Museum

DSC_0277We were surprised at the beauty displayed in the natural setting of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.  We were most impressed with the humming-bird section.  There were so many different birds in a flurry of activity.

The docent guided tour gave us more of an insight to the many different species of plants and the numerous roles of various animals that live in the desert.   Continue reading

Lake Isabella, California

Lake Isabella, what is left of it.

Lake Isabella, what is left of it.

We munched on freshly picked and chilled grapes on our way northward up the mountains to the Kern River Valley area. We had only planned to be here a couple of days while we scouted out more “natural” camp-sites.    However our site at the Kern River Valley Elk Lodge had a mountain and a small lake (with water)  view, which was quite pleasant.

We spent a couple of days scouting out camp-sites and realizing that we were better off  staying at the Elk’s and using it as a base camp. Continue reading

Hot Rods in Kernville, California

Spider make-over

Spider make-over

We were in Kern River Valley and could not pass up the annual Fall Kernville Hot Rod Show.  It had many more vehicles of varying ages and styles that had been restored or customized than we had ever  seen in one setting.  The Rods brought back warm memories of times past.  We love our cars past and present.
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The Trail of 100 Giants

Majestic trees and forest

Majestic trees and forest

The Trail of the 100 Giants is located high the mountains above the valleys below in the Sequoia National Forest.  The highway from Kernville  to the  area is a good road but full of curves and grades.  Phil negotiated it all well, despite my nervousness when looking out into the canyon.  It was  about an hour and fifteen minute drive for the fifty or so miles.

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