Uh oh…

Somebody’s been playing games with the road signs again….

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I chuckled to myself Monday night when I drove past this sign while driving home from Yosemite National Park, but I was “on the clock” and didn’t have time to stop and get a picture of it.  Well, I came back to drive this road again on Tuesday so here it is.  At first I thought that someone just turned the sign to make the effect more dramatic, but as I post this I realize that this sign, when seen set on it’s side, should be at the TOP of the hill warning of a steep downhill grade ahead:

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Maybe the highway department ran out of UPHILL grade signs to place at the bottom of the hill so just improvised and used this sign instead….

The sign was just off Route 395 where it intersects with Hwy 108, which takes travelers over the Sonora Pass.  The elevation very quickly goes from 6,800 feet to 9,624 at the peak and there are multiple warning signs along the road advising people driving big trucks NOT to even attempt using this road, even in good conditions.


 

About 4 miles south on Route 108 I found this facility:

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I took some other photos of the facility but choose not to post them here for fear that DJT may think I am an Enemy Combatant, perhaps working for KJU.

You can see some of the housing facilities in the photo above (which for all I know could just be a Red Roof Inn in a very remote location…).  Next to that building were administration and other buildings which undoubtedly house supplies and food for the trainees.  There was also a landing pad for helicopters:

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And weren’t not talking little JetRangers like the sign shows.  Oh no, we’re talking CH-35E Super Stallions:

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The Marines don’t fool around.

To see other photos of this facility and the work that goes on here you can Google it and look at Images.

Monday when I drove further south I saw a camp set up next to the road where a large number of troops were probably preparing for night training (this was in the late afternoon, which is why I was “on the clock”).  Tuesday as I drove further south on 108 the camp I had seen yesterday was deserted but even further down the road were maybe 60 troops, walking in a line along the highway.  They were wearing full fatigues, boots, floppy hats and carrying what were probably heavy, fully loaded backpacks.  I didn’t stop to take pictures of them for several reasons:

1 – They were working

2 – They were also all carrying assault rifles

3 – THEY might have thought I was an Enemy Combatant

Further down the road I just enjoyed the views and this time did stop to take pictures which I will post at a future date.

 

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