Travels with Tucker

Travels with Tucker

Monday, January 19, 2015

Blythe Bluegrass Festival

For those of you who have followed this blog for a while, you might remember that we went to the Blythe bluegrass festival last year and enjoyed it.  We are big bluegrass fans and the festivals are usually a wonderful experience.  The music is happy and technically interesting, the crowds are mellow and the setting is usually beautiful.  We skipped the tour of Blythe this year, figuring we had seen all the high points last year (the cotton processing plant, the hay processing plant and the cotton farm). I had fun taking pictures and found a beautiful spot out in the fields north of Blythe where I caught some great sunset shots.  Here are some highlights:

Our lunch stop both to and from Blythe was Desert Center, CA.  It has seen better times.
The Desert Center gas emporium, now deserted and a place for RVs and semi trucks to stop and eat lunch

Blythe is right on the Colorado River and has immense irrigation water supplies.  It is where the desert  meets agribusiness.

One of many old relics of the days when the main highway from L.A. to Phoenix went through the center of town.

Amateur picking goes on pretty much all night in makeshift shelters around the campground...
... or just by the wood stove between the RV's.
View of the sea of RV's at dawn (from our roof)

Finally some shots of two amazing sunsets we saw while at Blythe.  The sky is so big and the setting sun is unimpeded by the marine layer that often makes the coastal sunsets a disappointment.  The reflecting pool below is actually the major irrigation canal that is fed by the Colorado River and was mirror-still the night I shot the sunset there.

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