Green grass and high tides
Left Friday morning for SoCal and made the Oregon/Cali border easy that afternoon.
Even made a lunch stop at In-n-Out in Keiser on the way. Can't wait til they bring one up to the Portland/Vancouver area.
Spent Friday night off road in the snow on the flanks of Mt.Shasta.
Saturday night was on top of a hill overlooking the San Joaquin valley a few dozen miles north of Sacramento.
Made Lancaster by noon Sunday.
Oregon was so green, all the way to the border. The trees had mostly lost their leaves. But the grasses and evergreens were beautiful.
As soon as we hit California it turned ugly.
Fire damage was extensive and destructive. What didn't burn was killed in place by heat and there was no greenery anywhere.
Even the mighty oaks were brown caricatures of trees looking more like rusted iron imitations.
What fire missed, extreme heat waves finished off or lack of rainfall/water.
I grew up in Southern California, and I've never seen it like this before.
And yet the new shopping centers and tract homes continue to explode everywhere.
I'm so saddened for what has happened to California. I had always thought as a kid it was the best place in the world to grow up in back in the 50s/60s/70s.
Saddened even more that I could never live here again.
Don't even want to talk about the gas prices.
Or the condition of I-5.
Open Thread. What's on your mind?