Exploring my backyard...
On June 13th I decided to go for a drive... That was it, no real plans. I headed south to
Posey, a hamlet located in the southern Sierra foothills about halfway between
Bakersfield and Porterville. From there I went over Portuguese Pass, a beautiful road
that climbs high into the mountains. I took the road over to Tobias Lookout and chatted
for a while with Mary Ann, who has been the lookout there since 1990. The view from the
lookout is stunning, I would say it even beats the view from the Needles! I then drove
over to Frog Meadow and although there is a great campsite there I thought since I was
so close to the Packsaddle Grove that I should head over there. Well, I couldn't find a
good campsite there so I drove over to the Starvation Creek Grove but the pickings
there were even slimmer so I continued over to Parker Pass then ended up staying in
Redwood Meadow Campground for the night.
In the morning I drove down to Johnsondale and then headed down M-99 that follows the
Kern River down to Kernville. I was pleasantly surprised with this drive - it's such
beautiful rugged country! Once I got to Lake Isabella I drove west on Hwy 178 to
Bakersfield. Again, this is an amazing stretch of road, I should've explored it much
|Pineapple Puffball Mushroom - this sucker was
12 inches in diameter!
|Kern River near Salmon Creek Falls