Weekend escape: Bakersfield
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A baseball weekend adventure: Bakersfield

Weekend escape: Bakersfield

Sunset at west-facing Sam Lynn ballpark north of downtown. With a capacity of just 3,500, the stadium offers up-close-and-personal views of the players.

 (Sara Lessley)
Weekend escape: Bakersfield

Wake boarders take off at Lake Ming in the hills above Bakersfield.

 (Sara Lessley)
Weekend escape: Bakersfield

A statue of Garth Brooks  at Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, where Owens once played and hosted other country western musicians.

 (Sara Lessley)
Weekend escape: Bakersfield

At the Kern County Museum, the Black Gold exhibit -- including a replica wooden oil derrick -- helps explain one of the area’s key industries.

 (Sara Lessley)
Weekend escape: Bakersfield

A coyote shadows human hikers at the Wind Wolves Preserve south of Bakersfield.

 (Sara Lessley)
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