Which brings me to the purpose of this blog post ...
We have two major mountain ranges, one end of which I just crossed over. The elevation of the Tejon pass is 4,000 feet (1,219 m). The eastern mountain ranges, the Sierra Nevada, get a lot of snow, some of which I saw last weekend. I live in the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. In order to get to the coast, you have to cross the Coast Ranges which are due west, or from the southernmost tip of the valley, you can cross through a trifecta of ranges: the Sierra Nevada, the Coast Ranges, and the Transverse Ranges. These three mountain ranges form the bottom edge of our central valley.
As I was coming home on Sunday, I took a moment to be amazed by California's varied geography. I started my drive alongside the Pacific Ocean and marveled at its brilliant blueness. From there, I crossed a monster mountain range topped with snow while being accompanied by winds strong enough to warrant an advisory. And once on the other side, I began the descent into the central valley where brilliant orange poppies pointed the way home; and all of this in just 150 miles. Had I gone another hundred miles, I would have been met with shades of crimson at Redrock Canyon as I entered the Mojave Desert.
And here I am again on the coast marveling at the vast blueness of the Pacific Ocean. What a lovely state is California!