Showing posts with label Bakersfield California. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bakersfield California. Show all posts

Monday, May 13, 2013

THE Trip, THE Encore' :: Bakersfield California to Morro Bay California, Left Coast Here We Come!

Copyright 2013, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

April 2, 2013

It is time to make one more westerly trek, and finally almost 6 months after leaving Southeast Michigan, we are going to make the left coast (the Pacific ocean).

When I reviewed the photos taken on this travel day I was struck at how diverse they were.  We saw this, that, and this pink pig:


Water delivery, and even some reflections of the clouds.


Oil wells as far as the eye can see.


Lots of almond trees too, no buds or leaves yet - -


Seriously doubt that these tanks will hold water any longer. Down below along the roadside, California poppies.


And, a few picturesque barns.



And, many miles of grapes, most likely soon to be wine.


Yes, we are driving on the wrong side of the road, we are in a construction zone.


Believe they are cleaning the embankment, getting rid of loose stone, gravel, rock.  Look close, see that orange tshirt?


Have a closer look, excuse the quality of the photo.  I was quite amazed, the workers hanging there that way, working to protect the traveling public.  CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!


We arrived in Morro Bay, had a bit of a thrill when we pulled into the wrong part of the campground where we had a reservation, a reservation that was a bit hard to snag.  No way was Tana gonna fit in those sites.  Whew!  Cross the street we still had to fiddle a bit getting Tana and the truck into the campsite.  We are having a run on small campsites.  I'll share some of the evening with you next time.




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Sunday, May 12, 2013

THE Trip, THE Encore' :: Kern County Museum, Bakersfield California, Oil and Old

Copyright 2013, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

March 27, 2013

The Kern County Museum in Bakersfield California has a outstanding collection of oil well artifacts.  I'll be honest with you, I have very little idea what all these things are, but, they are large, interesting, Man was enthralled with much of it, and I found them photogenic.  Old, big, rusty, (or not).  I found I don't have to know what they all do to find them photogenic.

This first photo shows how large this stuff really is, look at that lady, she looks pretty small, eh?  These artifacts are part of the exhibit, Black Gold: The Oil Experience.


Sorry, no clue, as to what this is.


Oil derrick (replica):


Pumping arms:


Again, no idea, but this thing was wood and it was HUGE!  Looks similar to photo # 2 above.


This was in a large covered building, belt driven pullys of some sort, I used the panoramic it was so large!


Signs, fascinating, all those names:


Tucked in corner of the museum grounds I discovered a little "city" of businesses, delightful!

OK, now, wouldn't you be thrilled to know that your local museum had managed to save and display signs from around town?  I know I would be!



This is the Sonora Service Station, built in 1936, when gas was about 15 cents per gallon.  It was restored in 1993 by the Model A Ford Club.  They did a marvelous job of it, don't you think?


Man tells me this glass container would be filled with bulk (engine) oil from a large container.  This glass container was then used to put oil in your vehicle.


The Kern County Museum was a special place, a surprise to us, we spent a most enjoyable afternoon there. In a few more days we will finish up the legal issues and the taxes and we will move on down the road in search of the left coast and we SHALL find it!  Come along and fall in love with the left coast with me.  OHH MYYY!



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Friday, May 10, 2013

THE Trip, THE Encore' :: Kern County Museum, Bakersfield California, Trains!

Copyright 2013, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

March 27, 2013

Trains play a special part of the history of Kern County, California, and they have some great displays concerning trains at the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield, California.


The Southern Pacific engine 2914


Santa Fe Caboose #1323


 Circular concrete Railroad Dispatcher's Telephone Booth.


In the Bena Depot we found, benches to sit on while you wait for your train.


Luggage and freight waiting to be shipped.


Love the desk, love the note holder on the right wall, but, really, really LOVE this chair!


Man waiting to buy a ticket - - where ya going Man??




Together with what we learned about Tehachapi and the Loop, we had a train kinda week.



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Monday, May 6, 2013

THE Trip, THE Encore' :: Kern County Museum, Bakersfield California

Copyright 2013, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

Graphics heavy post.  That's the warning!  But, you know you don't wanna miss this!  Carry on, err, read on!

March 27, 2013

Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, California.  Now, I cannot remember ever giving a full street address for the places we visit.  I just did now tho.  This is one VERY special museum, put on the sunscreen, your walking shoes, grab your camera of choice, a hat and let's go!  The Kern County Museum is a 16 acre site with more than 70 restored historical buildings!  Plus there is the Lori Brock Children's Discover Center (cannot tell you more than the name, we did not have time nor energy to visit this corner of the 16 acres).  And, there is a HUGE exhibit "Black Gold: The Oil Experience".


I took over 360 photos during our visit to the museum.  I have chosen a few (really, ONLY a few) of my favorites to share.  There are all sorts of buildings, representing everything from churches, to doctor and dentist offices, photography studios, homes, banks, pretty much everything a town would need is represented in this outstanding collection of buildings and artifacts.

This is the Lopez Hill House, I'm totally enchanted!


A word or two of explanation.  This is a room from the house above.  We had no access to the interiors of any buildings.  They all had locked doors or glass enclosures where you could look in but, not gain access to the artifacts.  I worked hard to get photos, many have glare and or reflections.  The day's shoot also taught me a few tricks.  I know you will forgive the few photos that have some glare or lights shining back at me.


From the interior of the Barnes Log Cabin, built around 1868.


From the interior of the Pinkney House.  Love that rocker!


From the Weller House.


From the Weill House:


The drug store, what an extensive collection of bottles.  LOVE!



From the Doctor's office, an early X-Ray machine.  Really!


From an indoor exhibit:



And, yes, they had an Undertaking Parlor, and, yes, I did have to take a photo of the coffins.  Fascinating, especially to the researcher part of me.


Blacksmith shop:


The General Store, catch the price of a new Stetson??



Now that you have seen just a small sampling of this fine collection, don't you think you should pay a visit next time you are in Bakersfiled? Yea, I do too!