Photos from the Road: Interstate 5 North (The Grapevine) to Bakersfield, CaliforniaMarch 5, 2008
I took the photos below on the morning of Wednesday, January 23, 2008 between roughly 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. as I made my way North on Interstate 5 through the Grapevine portion of the freeway (the area between Gorman, CA and Lebec, CA). This was the start of what I believe was the first major storm of the season.
By 3 p.m. that same day, the California Highway Patrol closed the 5 between Castaic and the base of the Grapevine and it remained closed through a good portion of the following day. I had planned to stay in Bakersfield that night.
However, the continued closure of the 5 the next day, Thursday, January 24, 2008, necessitated my taking the “long way” home which I normally drove on Mondays to get to my class in Palmdale: the 58 Freeway East through Tehachapi — which, incidentally, I consider my “favorite” drive (the topography is beautiful; I feel as if I am driving through a train set!).
In any case, here are some pictures from that journey (click the image for a larger version):
Interestingly, once I cleared the Grapevine and began the descent into the valley below (the portion of the 5 just before the 5/99 split) I saw a full rainbow! It began roughly over the freeway a few miles ahead and actually seemed to end at a IKEA distribution warehouse! Maybe God shops at IKEA?!
I hope you enjoyed these photos — more to come soon!