Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park, California

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Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve

The California poppy, the state flower at the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve

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Scenes from the Carrizo plain

Scenes from the Carrizo Plain national Monument, California

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Tule Elk, San Luis Wildlife Refuge

San Luis Wildlife Refuge is near Los Banos, California and has a herd of Tule elk, a true native California elk once thought to be extinct and exterminated

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Dow Wetlands Preserve

Dow Chemical Company has a wetlands preserve on it’s property right on the Pittsburgh-Antioch border. It’s not very well known as the more publicly owned wetlands around the San Francisco Bay but it has good Yelp reviews and a nice observation deck and pathway

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Mattole River meets the sea

Almost the furthest west you can possibly go in California, it’s the lost coast of California, where the Mattole river meets the sea

Cape Mendocino is not far away from here but it’s not the westernmost place in the continental USA. Cape Alava, Washington is or Cape Blanco in Oregon, depending on how high the tide is. Seems to be quite the controversy. Either way, all three of these places are about as far west as you’re going to go without a boat

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Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge

A few shots from the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge near Willows, California

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The Abandoned Subdivision of Rio Vista, California

Yes, the outer Bay Area has it’s own abandoned subdivision, listed in one place as one of the 9 Worst Recession Ghost Towns in America. (3 of them in California). This has also been in the San Francisco Chronicle and the local Solano news and this blog has more aerial photos

It’s worth noting that as of late 2014 the remaining 13 unfinished homes that are in the photos have been torn down because people were going in and stripping all the copper and doing damage, so they just razed the whole thing. I stopped by the week after all the homes were raised and this is what it looks like now

Nothing but empty streets and grass and lightpoles and birds and one little tower

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The wind farms of the Montezuma Hills are nearby

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abandoned shopping mall on highway 99, Elk Grove, California

This mall was abandoned in 2008 and it has been in the news

It is a surreal sight when you pass by on Highway 99 between Lodi and Sacramento. These photos are from other people on Flickr

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abandoned Ord Store in Ord Bend California

The Ord Store in Ord Bend, California closed down in the early 2000’s

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