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Baker, California

My Alphabe Thursday theme—Places I've Been
The Husband and I stopped in Baker, California fifteen years ago around this time of the year. Baker is a small town located at the point where Interstate 15 and California State Route 127 meet. Highway 127 takes you to Death Valley National Park, while Interstate 15 heads to Las Vegas. Each place extreme in its own way.


We were heading back home from Las Vegas, which was our first visit there together. Talk about surrealism. Las Vegas, that is. But, that's for another day.

Baker is in the Mojave Desert. It's known for having the tallest thermometer in the world—134 feet high.  The electric sign was built in the early 1990s to memorialize when Death Valley recorded 134 degrees Fahrenheit on July 10, 1913.


You've heard the saying, "It's so hot you could fry an egg on a sidewalk." Standing next to the thermometer is a sculpture of a pan of fried eggs. How appropriate.



Alphabe Thursday is hosted by the delightful and thoughtful Jenny Matlock. This week is the letter B. Click here to check out what other participants are writing about.

Comments

  1. I love that giant thermometer! Did you digitally alter the photos to look like paintings? They look so cool. I visited the LA to San Diego area when I was in my 20's, but would love to visit other parts of CA in the future. Blessings!

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    1. Yes, Arnoldo, I edited the photos in Photoshop. The photos looked flat and boring so I digitally painted them to make them a bit more interesting.

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  2. Great B post! I have been to Vegas and yes it is a interesting place. I love Calif and lived there as a teenager.

    Linda

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I've lived in California my whole life. I still think it would be fun to live in another state or country for awhile.

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  3. I have been there years ago and remember it was awfully hot !!

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  4. Oh what fun shots. I've never been to California. Thanks for the tour. The fried egg was funny. I'm glad it's not that hot here yet! Thanks for coming by my Butterfly post! I enjoyed visiting you.
    I am following you now. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Hi! I'm glad you enjoyed the short tour of Baker. There's a good joke to be made about this desert town being called Baker. I have nothing though. :-) I appreciate you following me.

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  5. Oh what fun shots. I've never been to California. Thanks for the tour. The fried egg was funny. I'm glad it's not that hot here yet! Thanks for coming by my Butterfly post! I enjoyed visiting you.
    I am following you now. Have a good weekend.

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  6. Enjoyed your reminisces...well done editing too♪

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  7. I'm not sure I'd want to see a thermometer if it was 134 degrees. I'd rather not know. I'm sure you could cook eggs at that temperature.

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    1. Me, too, Betty. I don't even like knowing when it's in the 90s. I was curious about frying eggs so I looked it up. Temps have to get up to 158 degrees. But, I'd bet that eggs would cook at 134 degrees if you kept them out long enough.

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  8. 134 degrees F may not mean much to me but 56.6 degrees C, Holy Gucalomole Batman!!! That's hot!

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  9. We toured that area when we lived in Arizona. There's hot, and then there's HOT!!!!

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  10. What fun memories. I like to be warm but I'm pretty sure even I would be uncomfortable there!

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  11. I love these pictures. I had no idea about the big thermometer but that is pretty cool in a hot area.

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    1. Thanks, Birgit. Wouldn't it be cool if the thermometer had descriptions like "Kinda Hot", "Hot!", "Oh, So Very Hot", "Too Damn Hot" and "It's H-O-T! What are you doing out here!" lol

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  12. Sounds too hot for me! We moved from Phoenix because I think it was frying both our brains! ha!

    Baker looks interesting, though. I'd like to see that egg and skillet artwork!

    Thanks for linking for the letter B.

    A+

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  13. The first time we stopped in Baker was back in the 1980's on a trip from Death Valley. I stopped through there again on the way back from Las Vegas, and I did like the Joshua Trees surrounding the town. I would not want to live in Baker, though. The heat really does not get to me, I am pretty much drawn to heat. I lived in Blythe for a year where it was not unknown to be over 115 on any given day. Now when it is around a 100 where I live and people complain about that, I note it could be hotter.

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