A close up of an oil well pump.

We spent the night in Bakersfield and awoke to light rain.  Here you can see - the rain drops on the windshield as we continue east on CA Route 58. About an hour and a half east of Bakersfield, on the eastern side of the - Tehachapi Mountains, the rain stopped and the clouds started to break up. A flowering Joshua tree. One of many frieght trains seen during our trip. We had started to feel the strong gusty winds that were predicted once - we got into the desert and also started seeing these huge dust clouds. - Here you see a patch of rain next to the dust cloud.
More dust clouds can be seen ahead. We pulled off the highway into this small town to get drinks. - You can really see the size of the dust cloud here. As we drove through the dust, you could hear the sand hitting - the windshield.  Here you can see the sand blowing across the - highway, too, like you see snow does when it first starts to snow. After about an hour or so, the dust clouds disappeared and the visibility improved quite a bit. More flowering Joshua trees.

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