Wednesday, July 13, 2011

More Bakersfield Area

Well, it is time to continue with my adventures while staying in Bakersfield. One morning, I headed east to the very small town of Caliente, which is located close to the north side of US-58. This use to be an important place for the Southern Pacific Railroad. They would add helper engines to eastbound trains to get up over the Tehachapi Mountains. Today, about the only thing there are several occupied houses and a U. S. Post Office.

Flowing through town is a creek with a good flow of water. I followed it up through the hills for about 20 miles through some very beautiful country side.

Anyway, I thought I would share a few pictures that I took along the way.

The hills were still green from the late spring rains but very few wild flowers were visible. The road traversed several "open ranges" were cattle were wandering around.

I wound up at one of my favorite places, the Tehachapi Loop on the Union Pacific Railroad. The trains cross over themselves with a 77-ft. vertical spacing.