Pyramid Lake

Today was a beautiful day to drive up Hwy 99.  I believe I’ve taken this drive 300 times, in all types of weather.  I was very happy to hear that it might rain today, because I knew there would be some interesting clouds over Pyramid Lake.  I never stop there, but I was planning to today, if the clouds turned out to be inviting.  It was a chilly 45 degrees as I got out to snap a few pictures.  I took four or five pictures, then quickly hopped in the car, and was on my way.  My sister, Liz, was with me, which made for an enjoyable drive.

I’ve included some lake facts, courtesy of Wikipedia. 

Pyramid Lake is an artificial lake formed by Pyramid Dam on Piru Creek, near Castaic, California. The  reservoir lies on the border between the Angeles National Forest and the Los Padres National Forest in the northwestern portion of Los Angeles County.

The dam was built by the California Department of Water Resources and was completed in 1973. Pyramid Lake is part of the California Aqueduct, which is part of the California State Water Project.  Pyramid and Castaic act as the upper and lower reservoirs for a 1,495 megawatt pumped storage hydroelectric plant. It is the deepest lake in the California Water Project system. Its name comes from the Pyramid Rock, created when a ridge was cut through in 1932 by the Ridge Route Alternate (US 99). Pyramid Rock still exists directly in front of the dam.[1] Wikipedia

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~ by joandayimages on January 31, 2011.

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