California Travels

California is truly a beautiful state, even along the freeway.   We recently travelled the length of it, heading south to visit my mother near San Diego.  It was a road trip of sorts–we piled the dogs and our suitcases into our trusty silver Prius and headed down the interstate.  It was a 17 hour drive through the great California central valley:  the San Joaquin.  We drove past lovely rolling hills covered with golden grass, dotted with jet black cows, seeing an astounding amount of open spaces and wild places for a state with such a high population.  We went through tall forested mountains, the cool autumn air fragrant with pine, the cliffs rising majestically under a beautiful sky.  Occasional rain showers washed the air to a crystal clarity, and lent a robust fresh smell to acres of sagebrush and tall dry grass.  We were witness to fiery sunsets and lovely coral-and-pink dawns.  The stars sparkled at night, and the moon was full.  Our trip was not only filled with natural wonders, family gatherings, and much celebration and joy–but also, of course–roadside art!  We saw a wonderful larger-than-life metal cow mooing in a pasture along the freeway.  It was created, apparently, from scrap metal, and is delightfully realistic and at the same time, whimisical.  The sculpture was placed out on the open range, surrounded by real cattle grazing peacefully under the scrub oaks.  As always, this art adds such a wonderful element of surprise and smiles to my journeys.


About reinkat

I am an iconographer, and have been studying Russian/Greek icons since 1995. I'm married with 3 children. I love hiking, camping, animals, my family and church--and icons.
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One Response to California Travels

  1. SR says:

    Hey Girl,

    Was waiting on this story. I love the cow. How great? Even though you said it was metal had to look twice to see if it was real or not:>) Love all the pictures. You did great. God Bless, SR

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