Every Autumn, I take a drive to Bishop for a couple days to look for fall colors. It is always a nostalgic trip because I think of my dad traveling with me. We made the first trip together years and years ago. I now imagine him traveling with me in spirit. This trip is always a chance to slow down and contemplate the wonder of Nature as the end of the year approaches. It is a great time to realize how lucky I am and to start making plans for the new year.
This year I made the trip during the second week of October, a bit earlier than previous years. I started the drive traveling on Highway 178, which initially follows along the Kern River. It is one of my favorite drives, regardless of the season. There are not many trees along the route that offer much fall color, but the Rabbit Brush, sage and other scrub brush offer enough color to usher in a beautiful fall.
Sacred Datura, also known as Locoweed, punctuated the roadside.
I do not know what these rust plants are, do you?
A Quick Glimpse of Lake Isabella
There Was a Nice Purple Color Gracing the Hillsides
If you have not driven Highway 178 lately, consider taking a nice leisurely drive some afternoon.