California: Harsh Yet Beautiful

Lush green groves.

Lush green groves.

I had mixed feelings about California.  The Pacific Coast was stunning, the traffic was horrible, the drought was (and still is) devastating and the scenery was amazing.  The California that I remembered from my youth was not the California I saw on this trip.  But nothing stays the same, everything changes.  Plus memories tend to soften over time.  I was surprised at California, but I enjoyed my time there also.  It was sad, beautiful and a wonder all in one.

Devastating effect of the drought.

Devastating effect of the drought.

Devastating effect of "man" on the land.

Devastating effect of “man” on the land.

Rain is needed badly.

Rain is needed badly.

The California landscape may be stark in places, but there is still a lot of beauty.

The California landscape may be stark in places, but there is still a lot of beauty.

It definitely was temperature HOT!!!!!

It definitely was temperature HOT!!!!!

California:  Harsh and Beautiful

California: Harsh and Beautiful

Look at that temperature!!  WOW!!!

Look at that temperature!! WOW!!!

Picked up Route 66 while in California.

Picked up Route 66 while in California.

California, yes it is amazing.

California, yes it is amazing.

Post shout out:  I pray for all the brave men and women who are fighting the fires in the West (not just California).  We did not see a fire, but drove through the smoke created by one and it was amazingly thick and made it hard to breathe.  I cannot imagine fighting one of these fires up close.  I pray for the safety and that this drought might end soon.

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