Antelope Valley, located in the Antelope Buttes 15 miles west of Lancaster in southern California, is one of the California's most consistent poppy-bearing land. The wildflower season generally lasts from as early as mid-February through May. The duration and intensity of colors and scents vary from year to year highly dependent on the rainfall (and timing) in the winter months. It was a good rainy season in California in 2018-2019 winter, and it brought a "Super Bloom" season with carpets of orange/golden California poppies.
I took off early from work on Friday afternoon at about 5PM to start to drive south. The traffic in the Bay Area during rush hour was terrible so we decided to have an early dinner (however, it was not getting much better after dinner especially on 152 around Gilroy). I booked a hotel on Highway 5 near Buttonwillow which is about 90 miles from the Antelope Valley so I did not have to drive for too long at night (but still needed ~200 miles of driving).
It another long way to drive home (more than 5 hours with a quick McDonald's lunch stop), but it was well worth the effort to see blankets of flowers covering the hills and fields. The drought in California in the last 10+ years has made this year of Super Bloom a big news that people came from all over the places to witness this "rare" event (our last visit to Antelope Valley was exactly 18 years ago...). We will look forward to its next Super Bloom season!
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