Thursday, November 10, 2011

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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.

Have you ever visited any of the locations listed here?



Red Rock Canyon State Park


Trona Pinnacles



Kennedy Meadows


The Salvage Collection said... [Reply]

did you take those UNBELIEVABLE photos???????

MarlaJen said... [Reply]

Those pictures are so, so beautiful! I love Ridgecrest and its surrounding areas as well.

I love visiting the art gallery in Bishop and seeing those beautiful pictures of the local area.

Born and raised here in R/C, hated it with a passion, left for 5 years, then came back and am just loving this place as we raise our family. Believe it or not, have not been to the pinnacles though. Have got to go! Haven't done the petroglyphs, maybe when girls are a bit older...have been wanting to go to Bristlecone...haven't been to Death Valley in years. We're thinking of maybe a winter camping trip and touring the ghost towns.

Love the Lone Pine area and on up to Mammoth and beyond. Love that we can have a "picnic dinner" in our beautiful desert a few-minutes drive away. Or, taking a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, trailhead less than 30 minutes away. Fishing, hiking, so many outdoor activities--love this area!

Okay, I think I'm gushing...enough!

Elena said... [Reply]

I don't think we were ever 661 but I do remember being 714 before we were 619.

Elena said... [Reply]

P.S. love the pics. No place like home. :D

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