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Truck, Abandoned Kings Canyon Mine Site, central Sierras
What's more thrilling and satisfying than rounding a bend and suddenly encountering a long-abandoned Steinbeck-era vehicle in some mostly-but-not-completely hidden cranny of the vast West ? Then, conjuring up how it got there just to die .. what California was still like back then .. and what salt was behind the wheel the last time its engine growled its last. Its charming unlikely presence in 2010 reminds me that in the not-so-distant future, on the REAL downside of "Peak Oil" we know is coming, ALL our vehicles will sit rusting in the dappled post-Apocalyptic afternoon sun. Glory be.