Saturday, February 08, 2014

Last summer's road trip


It's raining here in California right now. We are getting much needed rain, after a dry winter, although according to those who know we need around 4 or 5 more of this so we're still a long way from coming out of the drought. On this stormy Saturday I am reminded of our summer road trip and camping to Camp 4 1/5 in the Sierra Nevada. Join me as I take you on a ride to the cabin.

It's a long drive - around 5 hours from the East Bay where we live. We hit the road after 9:00 am.





An hour and a half later we reached Altamont Pass and the wind turbines. Each time I drive past the windmills I feel a little tug in my heart, because I know once I pass this area I'm outside of the "bay area".


From here it's mostly freeway scenery and although pretty little orchards and open spaces fly past my window I opted to enjoy with my eyes and not the lens.


We have been driving a long time when we reached this lake, I believe is Pine Flat Lake one of the tributaries of Kings River, where stopped for a brief group picture break.

Then we were nearing our destination, Cabin 4 1/2.









It's a long drive through the mountains about an hour's drive. Even for us who've been there before, you'd ask if you are in the right track. We are. After all there's no other way to go but back out, but we still, well I still panicked whether we missed a turn somewhere (although I know we didn't because there was no turn).


At the end of the long road, the road splits. That's when you will see the I FORGOT STORE, so named because well every camper forgets something and this is the last chance you have to get that something you forgot. The store is also a good landmark because when you see the store you know you went a few yards too far. Go back a bit and take the road to the left as opposed to going straight (to the I Forgot Store).


Ah, we are finally just a mile away to the cabin and a couple of days of seclusion from city living.

Can you tell that I love drive by shooting and photographing roads and streets?

MY WORLD TUESDAY

14 comments:

sonia a. mascaro said...

Wow! Great photos!
Love road posts. The wind turbines are just amazing.
Have a pleasant Sunday.

bertN said...

What's behind the name 4 1/2 cabin?

Carver said...

Fantastic road shots. What a majestic looking part of the country.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful photos of your road trip ~ thanks,

carol and artmusedog
www.acreativeharbor.com

ps. I remember doing that route by the Wind Mills ~ thanks for the reminder ~ fond memories!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos from your road trip! Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

zeal4adventure.com said...

That was a beautiful day you had. The sky was a lovely blue, especially around the turbines. Oh and I love that "The I Forgot Store" :) Hope you guys get more rains. Have a great week ahead.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful road trip. I like the landscapes.

Ginnie said...

Oh, yes, Maria, and I love your drive-by shooting. I can tell how dry it was. Hopefully you'll keep getting more rain, which you so desperately need. We don't want wide-spread wild fires there this year!

don said...

Thanks for taking us along on your trip to the cabin. It was an interesting trip (and pictures). I'd like to visit the I forgot store.

Aleah said...

Weather looks so clear. I love the photo of the wind turbines. Beautiful shot as always!

Powell River Books said...

Nice road trip. Thanks for taking us along. I know what you mean about getting out of the city and enjoying life at the cabin. We live in ours in British Columbia as much as we can. Stop by to see our snowy Sunday. - Margy

Esme said...

lucky you having rain-we have hardly had any in So. Cal.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

I love the trip photos...the scenery is lovely. Thanks so much for your comments on my blog. And it looks so warm there.

Andrea said...

Whoever thought of that store name is very creative and resourceful! What a name! I actually want to use that, but i can't think of a place here to put that store. Oh i had an idea, near our Mt Gulugod Baboy!