[obligatory acknowledgement that i’m super duper behind in blogging. we have been really busy and in some really internetless places.]
when i left off, we were traveling from the eastern side of the sierras to bakersfield, california. we chose bakersfield because it was halfway between lone pine and our campsite in sequioa national forest, which were actually about 25 miles apart, as the crow flies, but we had to drive down and around the sierra mountains, for a 5.5 hour commute. also, derek was scheduled to take a big hard test for work, so we needed a spot with good internet and where the kids and i could spend the day out and about and away from him.
after breakfast, we got a thorough car wash, and then decided to check out the kern county history museum. it’s sort of a mashup of a history museum, a childrens museum, and a living history museum of buildings, minus the living part.
we quickly realized that all of the buildings were just little exhibits to look at through glass windows and imagine were “living”. the dentist and the doctor were the most interesting to the lidkids, probably because they seemed a little gruesome.
after the museum, we got some lunch, and did a bit of thrift store shopping. eventually, we snuck back into the camper and changed into bathing suits and went to the campground pool. the kids swam until bedtime, and i took them back a picnic dinner and put them to bed. at some point in the night, derek woke me up to tell me that he scored enough points to pass, which was fantastic news. this was his third time taking the test and it was really hard and stressful. but, it also meant that he would spend the next 24 hours writing up a report about what he did, which seemed like it would be the easy part, but with little sleep, it proved harder than anticipated. (a few days later, he received official word that he passed, so everyone is happy and relieved).
our time in bakersfield was pretty short. but it accomplished its job and we were ready for some pretty great upcoming adventures…