Driving through the desert in search of an adventure last Tuesday, after spending the morning at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, we headed up Hwy 14 outside of Mojave.  Seeing a sign for the Red Rock Canyon, an having never heard of them, we were very intrigued.  Those Red Rocks did not disappoint.  Getting there was not that easy, as the signs were a little hard to follow coming from the South to the North, but once we turned around and headed back down, we found the turnoff.

nature trail

We stopped along the area to take some photos and found the Hagen Canyon Nature Trail.  Since we already had our hiking boots on we strapped up the backpack with the gear and took off.   It was really a very easy hike, which is what I am all about!  The trail wound around the Canyon with a few climbs, but nothing too steep.

people in the rocks
These rock formations are amazing.

The rock formations and the wild flowers were worth every step!  We had a blast taking photos and enjoying the beautiful site.  It was by far, our favorite stop of the day.  We spent several hours hiking and snapping up photos.

After a long day of hiking and photography we stopped off in Tehachapi for lunch at Kohnen’s Country Bakery.  It was a great lunch.  Unfortunately we didn’t get our first choice (beerocks were long gone {sad face} ), but second choices were good too.  Eric had a German sausage sandwich, and I went with the Ham sandwich.  Of course I added a cherry cheesecake to finish lunch off, well a few bites anyways, and pack the rest for the long drive home.

Can’t wait for our next adventure to where Shuman Travels continues….

Window Formation

are you seeing this
Are you seeing this?



poppy field
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

The Super Bloom is happening now in California after the many rainstorms this winter that have caused a major boom throughout the State.   The much needed rain soaked the seeds laying dormant in the dirt and have started blooming all over California.   The Shumans headed out on Monday to drive down to Lancaster to catch the blooms before the hot Summer Sun dries them up.

Wow!   We hit the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve just after closing time on Monday afternoon.   We were just scoping out the area after checking into our hotel room (Marriott TownePlace Suites)  so we knew exactly where to show up the next morning.  We were shocked at how many people were still up on the hill checking out the Poppies, since it was windy and the poppy flowers had closed up  (which they do in the cold or fading sunlight).   People were everywhere.  Climbing hills, parking on the street, taking selfies with the poppies, etc.   My husband and I couldn’t even imagine what the weekend was like.   People are poppy crazy for the Super Bloom!

Parking on Lancaster Road
Having read several articles in magazines and newspapers, we were now understanding the Super Bloom craze that was sweeping the State.  We traveled back over (15 miles) from our hotel to the AV California Poppy Reserve the next morning.  We were prepared to hike the Valley and enjoy the blooms.   Much to our shock and dismay, when we pulled into the Reserve, after passing dozens of cars and people on the road up to it, the long line of cars and full parking lot up the driveway, made us quickly turn around before we became stuck in the line for hours.  So much for our Tuesday won’t be that busy plan.   We were struck wondering if this was a Tuesday crowd, what the heck was a weekend crowd like.  We don’t really want to know!  Blat!!!  We join the throngs parking out on the road when we found a spot, and took pictures here and there below the reserve.   We were so glad that we had walked up the hill in the reserve the night before.

poppy in bloom
Beautiful California Poppies
Eric had a fabulous idea to head up a road marked with a For Sale sign to see if we could get a picture (long shot) of the Poppy Reserve.   There we took some of our favorite photos of the golden covered hills.

Antelope Valley
Hope you enjoy the pictures and also get inspired to make the trip to see the Super Bloom.  It was a fabulous time.  But stay on the trails!!!!!

hills in valley
Lancaster County

tons of poppies
Field of Blooms