We spent four nights parked next to our Lazy Daze twin at friends Robin and Lydia’s house in Ridgecrest, home of China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station where Lydia is employed. It’s not the most “happening” kind of town, but we did a little sightseeing, beer tasting, hiking, biking and socializing, despite a couple days of high winds.
We visited these Arc Houses, innovative tiny homes of 400-500 square feet with high arched ceilings and a wall of windows. You can see more photos of the finished product on the builder’s website, Shelter Dynamics.
They have two that are being worked on for a show in June. This one had been a model home previously but they got new sponsors for the appliances and such, so it was being completely redone inside.
The high arched ceilings make it seem very spacious, but closet and cabinet space was minimal. We could imagine one of these sitting on a bluff overlooking the ocean.
Although Ridgecrest does not have its own brewery, Indian Wells Brewery near Inyokern is only about 15 miles away. Of course we had to stop, since this is Lydia’s favorite beer. It’s good stuff!
Robin buying a couple jars of her favorite snack. We never did try one.
Besides making some nice tasting beers, they are also famous for their wide variety of sodas.
On Saturday we drove 20 miles east of Ridgecrest to the Trona Pinnacles, an interesting geological area of over 500 tufa pinnacles rising from the bed of the Searles Dry Lake basin.
But on the way we stopped by the Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse and Burro Corrals. Managed by the BLM, the captured horses and burros are prepared for adoption here. It’s closed on weekends but there is a perimeter dirt road you can drive around to get closer to the animals.
It’s a four mile washboard road to get here, but this is BLM land so you can camp for free. There is one not very clean vault toilet.
We weren’t sure what was going on with all these vehicles but found out they were shooting a Toyota commercial.
It was an interesting place to hike and climb around on the pinnacles. For it being a Saturday we were surprised there were only a couple other people out there, besides the film crew.
Lydia has done some really good night photography among the pinnacles. It’s an eerie barren landscape.
Robin and Lydia’s cute klee kai puppy Koyuk.
Apparently a Toyota made it to the moon.
We also wandered the streets of Randsburg, a old gold mining town just off Hwy 395 south of Ridgecrest.
No need to go to Mexico for teeth.
I think we may have found our next RV, and it even has solar. Look closely at the VW van on the deck.
There is a lot of rusty stuff around town.
We also went for a chilly, windy hike in the Radamacher Hills. The house Robin and Lydia were living in when we visited them in 2013 was just a short walk from one of the trailheads so we had been here before, but it’s a good place for a workout as all trails lead up.
It was a fun weekend, despite having to spend an extra day waiting out the strong winds. Today we’re heading for the hills.