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Quick overnight stop at Lake Isabella, CA

Our plans changed due to Winter storm Carter. Originally we wanted to hike Mount Whitney and drive further north towards Mammoth lake, but some roads were closed off and we had to come up with plan B.
We decided to skirt the Sierra Nevadas going South and stay overnight at Lake Isabella. 1237E35FCA6D7003F400047D1DACF95B.jpg I was sad leaving Alabama Hills, but also looking forward to a campsite with electricity, running water and internet. After several days of dry camping it was exciting to have these luxuries. We arrived the RV park around noon, set up and immediately gathered all the laundry and washed clothes in the nearby bath house. It was nice to watch TV and catch up on the news and the weather. We were advised of a winter front that was moving over the Sierra Nevadas toward Lake Isabella. Literally within a couple of hours the sunny sky turned grey and stormy and the temperature dropped significantly by the time the clothes were dry. I fixed a big pot of white chicken chili, turned on our fireplace and cuddled up on the couch. 20181129_140600.jpg
For some reason I did not sleep as well as I did when we were in the boonies. The next morning I began uploading my newest YouTube video, but with only 2 bars on the local WIFI it took 2 hours to complete. While waiting on the video to finish, I took a hot long shower, pampering myself after days of quick dips and washing my hair in the kitchen sink.
Once the video published we rolled out of the RV park and headed towards Bakersfield. We needed to stock up on groceries and fill up our diesel and propane tank. Just in case we can't find anything for the night.
12375606E9E613E8E756D1C8F9DF2559.jpg The road from Lake Isabella towards Bakersfield was extremely tight and curvy with mostly 6% grades. We were advised not to pull our Jeep while driving thru that part of the mountains but we tried it anyway. Let me tell you, I was terrified at times but Tony handled the rig very well. It had to be one of the most nerve wrecking trips I have ever been on. Tony's shirt was drenched and my hands clammy from hanging on to the" O crap" bar.
We high fived each other once we arrived Bakersfield safe and sound. It was one of the most scenic routes I have ever been on, it would be more enjoyable in a smaller vehicle. 20181201_113856.jpg

Posted by Meike Carter 12:50

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