There’s been an insane amount of inclement weather in California lately. It’s been raining a lot at the Tempo headquarters where I’ve temporarily set up my home base, I’ve heard that the California mountains have gotten literally several feet of snow, and I just barely missed the San Francisco Bay Area flooding really badly before my trip to Oakland.
The last time there was this much precipitation, there was a superbloom, which is a phenomenon where a ton of flowers bloom at the same time, especially from seeds that laid dormant for a while. In hopes of seeing one of these superblooms for myself in-person, as well as to visit a friend in the area who is planning on moving tentatively permanently to Puerto Rico, I made a quick trip an hour and a half north of Greater Los Angeles into Kern County.
After entering the Wind Wolves Preserve, we followed some signs and drove over to the Crossing Campground and went on a short hike.
This campground had an unusually fancy bathroom.
We got to the end of the trail, where we got a nice view of Bakersfield to the north.
In this area of the preserve, we did see some open fields, but they weren’t covered with wildflowers—there were just a few flowering bushes along the sides.
We ventured over to a different area in hopes of having better luck, which we sort of did. Unfortunately, my timing was a little bit off—it did look like there were a lot of flowers blossoming out in the fields, but they weren’t quite at full size. According to Google Maps, this area is usually pretty barren, so I guess it is good news that there was even a lush field of grass at all, let alone any flowers.
Although rare, one of the perks of doing things together with a friend is that I get to post pictures of myself too, rather than just photos exclusively of things around me.
I wouldn’t say this was a particularly successful trip, but it wasn’t a complete failure either.
As a consolation prize, here are a bunch of cows that were extremely confused why I got very excited and parked my truck on the side of the road to take a picture of them.