[valley floor #1]: from atop Durnst Peak

This quickly became very cold up here, and was wonderfully refreshing. The wind was howling! It was however, quite gorgeous, and drive down was indeed rewarded with dinner at the bottom. I thoroughly enjoyed this part of our recent trip to Southern California for mothers day weekend; turned vacation. April and I drove up here as a special treat for my birthday, which went relatively un-celebrated back in January due to a lack of strategic planning. [I’m actually born January 21st.]

The drive is fun, and goes through the countryside – away from Santa Clarita, towards Lancaster and Palmdale – ultimately ending up connecting to Pyramid Lake/Castaic area, and passing through the small towns of Lake Hughes, CA / Green Valley. If you’re unfamiliar, and in the area, travel down Boquet Canyon Road, in the direction of Palmdale – you’ll find all sorts of cool nature areas to explore!

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