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Photos from the Road: Interstate 5 North (The Grapevine) to Bakersfield, California

March 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):

Photo from the 5 North (the Grapevine) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Photo from the 5 North (the Grapevine) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Photo from the 5 North (the Grapevine) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Photo from the 5 North (the Grapevine) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Photo from the 5 North (the Grapevine) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Photo from the 5 North (the Grapevine) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Photo from the 5 North (the Grapevine) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Photo from the 5 North (the Grapevine) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Photo from the 5 North (the Grapevine) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Photo from the 5 North (the Grapevine) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Photo from the 5 North (the Grapevine) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Photo from the 5 North (the Grapevine) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Photo from the 5 North (the Grapevine) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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?!

Photo from the 5 North (the Grapevine) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Photo from the 5 North (the Grapevine) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I hope you enjoyed these photos — more to come soon!

 

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  4. I googled the Grapevine tonight just for kicks and came across your beautiful photos. We were in a similar situation just this past Monday, 2/16/09. Traveling from Lost Hills to LAX we had to detour to 58 then to 14. It was like a dream! I couldn’t take enough photos of a long train passing thru the 4 tunnels, then to see the beautiful windmills in the high snow. And when we came down into the valley there was an amazing rainbow amidst the dark clouds and sun. The ride was intense but the roadway was totally spectacular! It was 1 1/2 hr. detour but so thankful for the chance. Glad you could share the same feeling.


  5. Glad you enjoyed my photos — I sometimes wonder if anyone ever sees them! It’s been several months since I’ve driven either direction on Highway 58, but I am looking forward to the next opportunity to do so. There is just something magical about the trip. Although your trip was unexpectedly extended it sounds like it wound up being a “happy accident.” Isn’t it funny how sometimes a detour can actually lead us to something unexpectedly enlightening?


  6. This is too funny! I was trapped the exact same day on the Grapevine! We ended up staying at the Econo Lodge in your picture! We, too, went back south the next day to go up and around to go to Bakersfield. Yikes….what a LONG trip!



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