Did you ever have one of those trips, where you get everything packed, loaded into the car, the dogs in their crates ready to go, you go out and open the gate, and turn the key and . . .
It was about 1:30 before we left the valley. First gas stop was in Dunnigan at sunset. It's been a while since I've seen a pretty sunset at home. For one thing, it's only been for the last week or so that it wasn't dark when I left work. For another, it's usually foggy or overcast.
We spent the first night at the Motel 6 in Santa Nella, which we reached at about 8 p.m. Dinner at the "World Famous" Andersen's Pea Soup restaurant. The soup was good. The $9.50 each for a glass of white wine was outrageous. I guess we should have asked the price before we ordered.
Driving south on I-5 from Santa Nella to Bakersfield. We are just 3 weeks earlier than our vacation last year, but there is a marked difference in season. The almond trees are not yet blooming but the fields are a vibrant green.
From Bakersfield we drove up to Tehachapi where there was snow, on to Victorville, then through Apple Valley (what apples? where?) to Yucca Valley. From there it's just a short drop down to the valley and North Palm Springs.
More to come . . .