Leaving Sequoia and Kings National Parks (link to related post), I continued south. I’d always wanted to explore the Kern River Canyon, so I drove Highway 178. I’d selected a couple potential campsites with knowledge I was starting my drive around 4pm, much later than I’d like. I hadn’t gotten far when I came to stopped traffic.
I don’t like to drive at night, and I would never choose to drive a road like this in the dark, but circumstances seemed to favor otherwise. This was not where I planned to watch sunset.
Finally a couple hours later, the semi accident was cleared.
I drove through the canyon . . . in the dark . . . missing all views while feeling extreme anxiety and stress. I found a place to camp, saw the full moon rising for a few minutes before it was obscured by clouds. Rain came during the night. I continued my drive toward Lake Isabella in the morning, hopeful that maybe this glimpse of sun would win.
By the time I got to Walker Pass, the skies had cleared. I’d call that a WIN!
Blue sky one direction, rainbow another. That’s a great way to start a hike!
Who doesn’t like rainbows? Are these sycamore trees? They are a bit Dr. Seuss-ish.
When there are rainbows, you might as well expect rain.
Look at how pretty.
When it was time to turnaround, I was greeted with another rainbow.
I was surprised and delighted by the variety of vegetation.
These dried orange flowers really pop in the winter landscape.
My first Joshua trees.
I hiked south a few miles starting from the Walker Pass Campground (Mile #651 per Halfmile).