Off we went for another drive, same general area, but with a focus on the mental note we'd made of places to return to. So, we turned left just before the MAGA sign. So curious that the terrain was both similar and not. There was so many birds this time.
Crows ~ Scrub Jays ~ Hawks ~ some kind of Finches ~ Quails ~ Ostriches (again)
There were many very small ground squirrels and we saw one lizard (although I'm sure there were tons more!) ☺
Walking out on the road, the air was nice and cool...a breeze was whistling through the trees.
It was so quiet.
We came to a "T" in the road, turning left landed us on the Old Ridge Route Road. Supposedly passable, we lasted about the first couple of miles clattering about, before turning around. The view were amazing, again. Somewhere in all of that expanse, is the 5 freeway, running North/South through California!
Here's a great link, showing part of this road:
If you scroll down to the road sign, then to the sign above, you can see some of the rickety road and much grander views than my camera will capture (we only went a bit further past the maintained road section). And you can see the map too. We covered a lot of that country. San Francisquito Cay Rd. Elizabeth Lake Road - Lancaster Road - Old Ridge Route Road - Bouquet Canyon Road on and on...more and more roads...through as many 'towns' Green Valley - Elizabeth Lake - Neenach - Quartz Hill - Pamdale - Saugus...from city to small town to mountain to dessert to agricultural areas to...
You get the idea!
“I would ask you to remember only this
one thing,” said Badger.
“The stories people tell have a way of
taking care of them. If stories come to
you, care for them. And learn to give
them away where they are needed.
Sometimes a person needs a story more
than food to stay alive. That is why we
put these stories in each other’s memory.
This is how people care for themselves.
One day you will be good storytellers.
Never forget these obligations.”
Crow and Weasel
Photographs by NAE ©2021