Kern River Valley near Bakersfield California

May 26, 2010  •  Leave a Comment

In May of 2010, I headed out to California.  California (like Colorado and Arizona) is such a diverse state.  It seems like no matter where you are, you're a half day's drive to someplace amazing.  My main stop on this adventure trip was Yosemite National Park, but during an overnight stay in Bakersfield, some mountains off to the east drew my attention.  On a whim, I decided to take a drive, and ended up in the Kern River Valley.  I'm so glad I took this little side trip because I don't think I had seen such a display of wildflowers so unique and prolific.  Check it out!
 

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I totally get why people are so into wildflowers.  It's almost like a hunt.  They are mysterious and alluring.  For example, in Arizona, the flowers that seem to do well in the 110+ degree heat are yellow ones.  In California's climate, obviously purple is a popular color.  But why??
 


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