Thursday, March 10, 2005

Bakersfield, Kern River Park

Kern River Park is a 6000 acre strip park that runs from the mouth of Kern Canyon to Interstate 5 west of Bakersfield, a total of 30 miles. Wednesday, I got out my bike and rode to the bluffs east of town from near Uncle Doug's house off Truxton Avenue. It was possibly 5 miles out. I hope to ride west next time. The park is still being developed but the central part is pretty complete. It's a park chain of wildlife areas, play fields, lakes and a nice bike path.

There is lots of wildlife, birds, rabbits, squirrels, flowers, etc. The above picture doesn't do the trail justice. It is a very nice park.

Above are some geese by one of the lakes. There were lots of nice picturesque locations along the path. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, so these pictures were taken Thursday near the house.
In the top banner picture of this post, there is the old Shell oil refinery across the river. Uncle Doug’s house is behind the camera along with most of the city of Bakersfield. Most of the new housing is being built beyond the refinery and to the left downriver. Bakersfield is really growing. They can't build housing fast enough. Bakersfield housing prices are rising faster than anywhere else in the country except Las Vegas.

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