321 miles. Another longish day's drive, but the end is the reward. Tonight we're at Edwards Air Force Base FamCamp. Out in the California high desert, where the Air Force tests new planes and the space shuttles used to land when Cape Canaveral weather was bad. If you ever saw the movie "The Right Stuff", much of the story took place here.
We're looking forward to some rest, some fun and some money saving food shopping here on the base.
We pulled in to the campground and we were met by the host. He told us that the price was $15 a night. Then he saw that we were Coast Guard so he upped the price to $25. He said he was retired Air Force and was trying to keep the "riff-raff" out of the base. I told him that he should be paying me because we added class to the base. It's always fun to trade jokes and poke fun at other services. :c)
Driving down I-5 and across Route 58, we saw many signs put up by farmers protesting a decision by the EPA concerning a potential endangered species of fish that could be harmed by the irrigation waters feeding the farms. So the solution the EPA came up with was to turn off the irrigation waters to the farmland. This ended up having farms shut down or having to reduce the size of their crops due to no water. It has cost the area over 40,000 jobs lost. I don't know what to think, I'm not informed enough of all the issues to have an opinion, but it was sad to see mile after mile of farmland laying unused, and many pieces of farm equipment laid up.
We fueled up at Flying J and were pleasantly surprised in how little fuel we needed to top off the Journey's tank. The previous drive where we got 8.8 mpg sure helped the wallet feel better. Today, driving over some very big mountains did reduce our overall mpg, but that's the way things happen on the road.
The mountains had hundreds of windmills turning, generating electricity. There were 3 sizes, small, medium and large ones spinning away. Glad to see the renewable energy at work. Not happy to feel the headwind they generated...
Once again, we have a very weak Internet signal, so no pictures tonight. We are even having a hard time getting on line, so if we miss a few days posting, we're okay and have not driven the Journey off a cliff somewhere.
If we can find a free WiFi location, we'll have some pictures next time around.
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