Slowly but surely, the scenery changed, everything looked desolate and dry, the air was full of dust, there was just nothing growing here. I started reading the road signs and the billboards along the I 5, “IS GROWING FOOD WASTING WATER???”
“STOP THE CONGRESS CREATED DUSTBOWL”
“NO WATER<NO JOBS”
“DAMS AND TRAINS ,WE NEED WATER STORAGE NOW!!!”
“FARMERS DO SOMETHING AMAZING;THEY USE WATER TO GROW FOOD!!”
So there you have it, its a very sad situation, all the land here looks dead, and there are thousands of acres here! If you want to read more about this, go to WWW.FAMILIESPROTECTINGTHEVALLEY.COM
This was a big eye opener for us, i had read about the drought here ,but seeing it with your own eyes in a different perspective, i found it very sad. The coast on the contrary ,was having quite the time with flooding, immense rain fall caused the roads and hillsides to wash out, many roads were closed at the time we drove South.
Close to Bakersfield, we left the I 5,and drove onto route 58, the whole trip started to feel like some kind of race, we werent happy, towards Los Angeles, we climbed Mount Pinos,4144 feet high,in the San Emidgio Mountains, the Westy just kept right on going, no problem at all!!! Such a tough car, we truly love travelling in her! The goal was to be in El Centro in 5 days, where Roel and Ineke were waiting, and we made it!!! So far we drove 2777 kms!!!!!!
We met up with Roel and Ineke in El Centro, on January 15.
This gorgeous tree ,with beautiful red berries was standing at a road side stop, i believe it to be a Deciduous Holly, but i am not sure…..