MAY 16, 2014 (Friday)
Drove from Las Vegas to Prunedale (a little over 500 miles). Took about 7 hours. We stopped in Las Vegas for breakfast and Techachapi for gas.
We decided to take a little different drive and went Highway 198. It had been years since we had been that way. We remembered (in the past) the oil well equipment had been painted up like giraffes, butterflies, and all sorts of things. The equipment is so old and rusty now, it’s hard to determine what they had been painted at one time. We took off from I-5 headed west towards Coalinga. An interesting town on the west side of the sprawling central valley. An oasis in a very dry and parched drought stricken area.
We climbed the hills and crossed into Monterey County at a little town called Priest Valley. It was amazingly lush there given the landscape we passed through to get there. We noticed there were no prairie dogs. Usually, they put on a great show scurrying from hole to hole as we drive by.
The temperatures changed dramatically as we left the high 90’s of the central valley and hit the mid 70’s of the Salinas Valley.
We got into Prunedale around 6:00 PM. It was good to get home and see the girl, we missed her. That was our long day. Hope yours was great!