Call it what you want. I call it home.
I live in the small town of Ridgecrest, CA. Originally named - wait for it - Crumville! Was it worth the wait? Also known as the 760. Formerly the 619. Formerly the 714. Reader, Elena, pointed out a mistake I made with the area codes. Corrected, thank you! I know right! Why us? Always changing our area code! You think changing it’s bad? Now, we actually have to dial our own area code, just to make a local call. Because someone decided we needed to share our area code with part of Southern California. Whatever.
Anyways, I’m not going to blab about my little town. While it is a great little town, I don’t want to argue facts with locals when they read this. So, you can read all about it right here. What I do want to talk about, briefly, is what a truly wonderful location we are in. Middle of nowhere? Sure. But that also means that we have access to some truly amazing places.
Within roughly 2.5 hours, at most, we can see and visit so many beautiful places. Yes, places you would love to visit! If you’re ever traveling north, along HWY 395, wave at me as you pass by. If you’ve ever traveled to Mammoth, along the 14 and 395 freeways, you have driven right past me. Okay, back on topic here. I thought I’d throw up a list of some of the sites you can see, all within a short drive from here. Traveling north offers world class trout fishing, hiking, camping, and nature sights, sought world wide for their photographic beauty. The drive south can lead you almost anywhere, but I love the beautiful and heavily visited Santa Monica Pier. Head east, and you’ll find yourself in Death Valley. West. Well yeah, there’s stuff to the west to. We sit at the base of the Sierra Nevada’s.
So, in no particular order, here are some wonderful places to visit and photograph if you’re ever headed this way. Of course, there is so much more. These are just a few of the more popular spots that we can visit and be back home in time for dinner.
- Red Rock Canyon
- Walker Pass
- Mount Whitney
- Alabama Hills
- Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
- Death Valley
- Racetrack Playa (Death Valley)
- Trona Pinnacles
Have you ever visited any of the locations listed here?
Red Rock Canyon State Park