Southeast of Bakersfield along Highway 58 you’ll speed by a little town named Tehachapi, California if you’re not careful.
No reason you would usually stop. While Tehachapi is a clean and tidy town, pretty in its high dessert starkness, most people wouldn’t find a reason to stop. But if you’re a fan of trees or roadside attractions, you should stop. I happen to be a fan of both.
In Philip Marx Central Park you will find a stand of mature cottonwood trees.
Sit down among them and have a chat.
Don’t worry, they’re very good listeners. Rarely have a met trees more gregarious than these, they enjoy the company.
If you’re quiet, if you lean in close, if you pay attention, they will tell you their own stories.
They have so much to say, to many have forgotten how to listen.
For those that need to see the tree’s spirit, local artist Kent Holmgren has carved faces into some of the trees (thus the roadside attraction). A sampling is included below.