On this particular day I headed east on Highway 138 from the 5 North and found a delightful backroad drive that started in pines and ended in prairie.
Overlooking the western Antelope Valley
The new ride
A pond along the way
View beyond the pond and into the valley below
Ghost tree forest - fire went through here one year
I only saw two cars in 20 miles
A prairie-like view to the west; mountains of Los Padres National Forest in background