Sunday, February 07, 2010

Exploring Carrizo Plain, Middle-of-no-where, California

Every wonder what lies between the central California coast and Bakersfield, California? Case decided to take us exploring to find out, and following the last few weeks of on and off rain the rolling hills and plains are beautiful bright and fresh winter/spring green.
Just shy of 29 weeks into pregnancy and following Dr. orders to remain in the recline position as much as possible, Jolene was happy to get out of the house and go exploring, all be it mostly in the recline position!
Time stands still at this old 76 Union station.
But this was what Case was really looking for, out-in-the-middle-of-no-where muddy dirt roads! After following a few failed GPS routes that ended up blocked by gates or no trespassing signs, we came across Carrizo Plain, a flat expanse between the central California Coast hills and the rolling hills that boarder the central California valley, and miles and miles of muddy dirt roads, soul refreshing vast expanse and solitude.
The GPS insists we turn right on Soda Lake Road, after inspecting the deep carved ravine that may have once been Soda Lake Road, we decided maybe not!
The ever changing sky filled with clouds with occasional rain showers scattered across the plain. The rain left the road passable but some what slippery, we guessed the dirt road had a high clay content.
Sun spots poke through the low hanging rain clouds and brighten the plain.
After 40+ miles of clay mud roads our trusty 4-wheel-drive Audi needs a bath.
Two times through the local car wash left a lot of mud in the car wash, but didn't remove the clumps of clay stuck to the doors and wheel wells.
Sunday found Case washing the car for the third time, bright and sparkling inside and out! Thanks Babe, for fun times and a very clean car!

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