Day 16 - Driving from Saguaro West to San Diego

Trip Start Mar 11, 2013
Trip End May 15, 2013

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

We found ourselves with another beautiful sunny morning, high clouds, pleasant 72 degrees.  Yesterday we went to Saguaro East, today we went through Saguaro West which had much denser cacti , and was more mountainous.  It was a  more popular tourist area, with a beautiful visitor center.  After a couple of hours, we went on our way to San Diego along Hwy 10, then Hwy 8.  The landscape changed on our way out of Tucson, from desert to some farm land.  We saw Picacho Peak and then some groves of pecan trees - even though they have tons of pecan trees, it’s really hard to find any to buy.  We drove past the Barry Goldwater Range (in the distance), where they test missiles and bombs and pilots practise dog fights with jet fighters; they practise dropping bombs and shooting at dummy targets in the air.  We didn't see anyone doing this, though.  Around mile 100 on Hwy 8, we saw a solar energy farm under construction where they had 10 thousand, maybe 100's of thousands of feet of parabolic mirrors - it was massive. As the afternoon wore on, the temperature rose to about 87 degrees outside, so good thing Dan got the AC fixed! 

We entered into California around 2:30!  We went through Algodones Sand Dunes and saw the fence between Mexico and California.  We went down to 88 ft above sea level at mile marker 119, then 40, then 10, 6, -4, -10, -15, -28 at mile marker 130.  We drove through Imperial Valley which is a huge agricultural area.  As we got into the mountains, our highest elevation was at the Tecate Divide at 4140 ft.  Of course, it was much cooler, at 66 degrees.  We went through a Border Patrol Checkpoint and descended into San Diego quite quickly.  We arrived at our motel in San Diego around 5:30.  A long and busy day!
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