Holiday Inn Express Barstow
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... no joke here. The U.S. National Parks are a treasure and perhaps the best thing Teddy Roosevelt ever did during his presidency. It was a magnificent experience.
We began our search for sustenance, finding only small gift shops with microwaveable burritos and the like. So we did what we had vowed not to do all trip. Yes, dear friends, we ate at that most corporate and evil of restaurants, McD's. I don't want to say their ...
... passed a closed section of Route 66 on I-40, with part of the road undermined and falling away. I doubt it will be repaired, another part of this famous road that will fall into disuse, taken over by the desert. The Mojave was very hot. It was nudging 120F. At least where Route 66 was closed, we could speed up a bit, which helped. Across the desert we could see dust devils, and Joshua trees (might ring a bell for lovers of U2).
We stopped for ...
... out a bit. Here is San Simeon, home to billionaire media mogul William Randolph Hearst's historic "castle" and personal fiefdom. South of his lalaland is a sight I've been looking forward to: the elephant seal beach. On a lonely beach just off CA-1 a huge herd of gigantic elephant seals come to molt. They sit there the size of small automobiles, stinking and snorting and being plain old ornery. They pike sand on themselves and try to sleep. They seem to ...
I thought I would see how this blog stuff works. I will keep it short and sweet just like our first outing.
We pulled into Barstow CA, set-up our home and took off for the rainbow colored rocks in the Mohave Desert. It was about 10 miles out of town and is an 8 mile loop, so it was very close and we would be ...
... big picture of the Twenty Mule Team pulling the borax wagon. My dad used to love Death Valley Days which was presented by Borax, so we thought this might be fun. We didn't even know that Borax was still in existence! Boy did we have a lot to learn.
The open pit was huge and the visitors Center had lots of interesting information in it. One of the first things we saw was a poster of all the hosts ...