Monday, December 3, 2001  

Hello from Temecula, California!

Start time: 0800

Start odometer: 27752

Weather: Mostly sunny all day, temperature 49 degrees F.


I was greeted by a beautiful sunrise this morning, after a very windy night.  A storm was passing through southern California, and though it did not rain, the wind was gusting very strong!  I was glad not to be in the road.  I spent some of the day driving areas I visited in February, but still saw many things new.  I made several stops at places along the road, so I did not get too far.  But I am in range of San Diego, my destination for tomorrow.



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Parked at the motel, this vehicle advertises a unique business!

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Beyond the power lines, the scene is magnificent!

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A cinder cone to the north of Fossil Falls.

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A large lava rock along the Fossil Falls trail.  It stood about twenty feet tall.

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Looking at the falls.

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Another view of the falls, with interesting erosion.

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Looking downstream.

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The trail was scattered with lava rock.

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At a rest area along Route 395, I saw this interesting sign!  Was a "G" in there?

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For my friend, Zen!  Never just one!

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Owens Lake with the Sierra Range behind.

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Looking to the left of center, you can see switchbacks of the road leading to Horseshoe Meadows.  I was able to drive up last year and witness some incredible views.

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Surrounded by clouds, snow covered Mount Whitney lies behind the Alabama Range.

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Main Street, Lone Pine, California.

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The Lone Pine Airport "terminal."

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The airport ramp.

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This picture is shot to the east.  The mountains behind Owens Lake reflect off the small amount of water remaining in the lake.

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Some very pretty colors were present along the dry lake bed.

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What do you see in these clouds?

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This vehicle had a matching bus, but it was not for sale.  Anyone with an extra $1400?

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I did not see very many hubcaps!

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The south face of the PPJ Museum.  The following pictures are from the museum.

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The electrical display!

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Guest room!


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An interesting "building!"

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A bench with a table!

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There is a toy plane perched above the bridge.

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The front of the "museum!"

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The yellow ball is a hanging lamp!

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Solar Electric Operating Systems, operated by KJC Operating Company.

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A view of the solar farm, one thousand square acres!

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Many Joshua trees, AKA Yucca brevifolia, bordered Route 395.

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I saw these appropriate signs at the aircraft storage base.

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Newly arrived United Boeing 727s.

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A row of L-1011s.

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The green 737 to the left is a new aircraft that had not received its final paint scheme.

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All types of aircraft were parked on the field.

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Delta L-1011s with an interesting 747 to the right.

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Tuesday I will drive into San Diego to meet a former colleague from IBM.  But before our lunch, I plan to visit the southwestern most point of the country!  There is also a aerospace museum, which I might visit.  Thank you for looking at the page!


Routes traveled today: Ca 178 - US 395 - Ca 190 - Ca 136 - US 385 - US 15 - US 215 - US 5

Lodging: Motel 6 - 120400.jpg (22350 bytes)

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