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On the road again…
Today, we were supposed to be on the road somewhere between Bakersfield and King City, California. I say supposed to be because I strained a ligament in my right knee six weeks ago and am still in physical therapy. As a result, the trip this post was based on has been postponed. However, I’ve decided to go ahead with the post anyway. For those who aren’t familiar with California or that part of the state, let’s just say it’s a very ‘interesting’ area. The irony here is that we’re driving our Nissan Leaf (a fully electric vehicle) through the heart of oil country.
I’m sure you’ve done the same thing at some point. (No, not drive an EV through oil country). I’m referring to planning a trip to a great destination, and then realizing what you have to do to get there. As I was doing research on Bakersfield, I came across a news story about the area having some of the dirtiest air in the country. How wonderful, just what every traveler wants to hear—we’ll be driving through oil-country hell.
My big question was, how fast can we get through? The snarky side of me says, ‘not fast enough.’ The more compassionate side tells me I’m being unfair to Bakersfield. There are plenty of people moving there these days (mostly because it’s a cheaper place to live). Apparently, Bakersfield is also becoming a big arts center (who knew, right?) Anyway, all I am saying is I’ll give Bakersfield a chance (sounds like it would make a catchy song).
After leaving Bakersfield, our route takes us across the state to King City (not exactly another tourist Mecca). The great thing about King City is…uh…it’s close to Pinnacles National Park? Yeah, that’ll do. And the good news is that we’ll only be there one night—unless the trendy little Mexican restaurant I found poisons me with gluten. In that case, I might wind up writing a country song about being stranded in King City (not nearly as catchy as that Bakersfield tune).
Pinnacles National Park
The pinnacle of our trip (sorry, couldn’t help myself) is Pinnacles National Park. After a couple of days at our destination, we’ll be taking a much more scenic route home. (Yay!) Kathy has talked about wanting to visit a lot of national parks, so this trip is our ‘big test.’ If we like the idea of a road trip, we’ll be planning another in the fall. Somehow, I have a feeling we’ll face the same dilemma then.
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