Packing & Leaving
We left San Jose at around 1pm from Rohit’s apartment. We’d stayed up ‘till 3am loading the car with goodies and making sure we had everything we needed for the long drive. We tried to plan ahead as much as possible. A few days before our departure date, we had compiled a somewhat comprehensive list of everything we needed to bring with us...
Initially, I was thinking we could take at least another two people with us, so I posted an AD through craigslist, however, nobody replied and that turned out to be a good thing, since there was zero space left in the trunk and no room to sit in the back seat.
As part of our planning, we had picked out three spots to stop at along the way to the Grand Canyon.
San Luis Reservoir
Our first stop presented us with an opportunity to do a short hike to a place where I’ve driven by many times over the years. We initially wanted to stop at the trail head for the main trail in the area, but we didn’t feel like wasting our time searching for it; instead, we settled for a parking an alternate route.
After hiking for a few minutes, we had an opportunity to walk where water once covered the ground just a few years ago.
Following a brisk descent, we started walking on sediment to the water source in the distance. Along the way, we found old beer bottles that were probably tossed by fisherman when water covered the ground, and other miscellaneous items.
And it was really hot down there…
We finally made it to the shore, where we had some snacks and rested for some time. We saw a huge bird in the water and as we looked back at the beautiful landscape behind us, I was gripped by an overwhelming feeling of regret… I reminded myself that our next stop would be Harris Ranch and suddenly, the thought of their mouthwatering burgers gave me the courage to trek back to the parking lot.
Our next stop would be Tehachapi Loop, one of the seven engineering wonders of the railroad world. After taking an exit marked for Tehachapi Loop, we came upon what I labeled a “wild horse.” I honked at it a few times, but it didn’t seem to be affected.
We stayed at Tehachapi Loop until after sunset, and then resumed our journey.
- ► 2010 (9)