Nine (awake) Hours in Tehachapi...

On our slow route back to Tahoe, we paused for an overnight in the lovely little town of Tehachapi.

I have been returning to the Land of Four Seasons for over twenty years to reconnect with my dear college friend, Leslie.
We began our evening on the patio, dining in style while eating the best vegetarian entrees- always.

Our favorite dice game was taught to and won by Leslie and her mom, Barbara.
We camped at Barbara's and the sun rose above her oak trees... so picturesque.
Leslie begins each day at 7 AM with a brisk walk. We were happy to join in.

We three then did a girls' morning out for delicious pastries and even more catching up.

Our last stop was for a history lesson at the Old Tehachapi Cemetery (1858).
Home to thirty residents, the earliest burial took place in 1858 when Mrs. Alex Prewitt was laid to rest. Most of the other burials occurred in the 1870s and 1880s. The last known addition was in 1927, with the burial of Tommy Hart, one of only four interred in the 1900s.

This cemetery is well cared for now but that wasn't always the case. Dirt bikers rode their motorcycles near the graves and the marble headstones were vandalized — a couple of them were even stolen. Many of the graves are now marked by new wooden headstones which have replace the centuries-old ones that are long gone.
We are delighting in taking the road-less-traveled and making unforgettable memories along the way.

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Karen Booth said...

Stunning flowers, you made me hungry for a croissant and so intrigued by the headstone that said "27 years, 3 months and 21 days". That was powerful!

Nick and Deb's Excellent Adventure said...

Well that is pretty near the perfect day! Looks lovely!

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