Here's just a peek at the sky through the crape myrtle. It was a beautiful, and you could actually see the blue in the sky. Our air quality here is almost as bad as L.A., so it's always a good thing when we have a glimpse of blue.
And just a 30-40 minute drive, here's what the sky should look like! Tehachapi is a mountain community off Hwy 58, between Bakersfield and Mojave. It's known for the infamous "Loop," and wonderful apples in the fall. We've often thought of moving up here because of the clear air where you can actually breath!
For those of you who wonder about the loop, here's some info from Wikipedia...
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The Tehachapi Loop is a .73 miles (1.17 km) long 'spiral', or helix, on the railroad main line through Tehachapi Pass, in south central California. The loop derives its name from the circuitous route it takes, in which the track passes over itself, a design which lessens the angle of the grade. A train more than 4,000 feet (1.2 km) long (about 85 boxcars) will thus pass over itself going around the loop. In 1998 it was named a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
The railroad line connects Bakersfield in the San Joaquin Valley to Mojave in the Antelope Valley. Hailed as one of the greatest engineering feats of its day (ca. 1876) as well as being the world's busiest single-track main, the line was built by Southern Pacific Railroad. Arthur De Wint Foote worked on it along with chief engineer William Hood.