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North America » United States » California » Mojave September 15th 2019

Dale and I each subscribe to a site on Facebook called 395. This is a site for people to post andor enjoy photos from areas off of the 395. For those of you who don’t know what 395 is, it is a highway that runs from north of Los Angeles to Canada, on the east side of the Sierra Mountains. It accesses Mt. Whitney to the west and Death Valley to the east. We’d been home about a week from the grandkids trip and the trip to Morro Bay. We had checked Facebook and were admiring the photos posted on the 395 site. We both, at the same time, said to each other that we should go to see the leaves changing off of the 395. We thought that we’d take a short trip up to ... read more
Just outside Red Rock Canyon

North America » United States » California » Mojave December 23rd 2016

Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens (like my parents) and resident Japanese aliens (like my grandparents) were interned during World War 2. In 1942, more than 120,000 men, women, and children were ordered to leave their homes and businesses, and detained in remote, military style camps in tar paper barracks. Manzanar is the closest relocation center to us, on the west side of U. S. Highway 395, almost equidistant from Reno (245 miles), and Los Angeles (226 miles). The nearest towns are Lone Pine (8 miles south), and Independence (6 miles north), both of which have food and lodging. After Pearl Harbor, hysteria and panic ruled the country, and California in particular. President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the Secretary of War to establish Military Areas, and ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Mojave October 15th 2012

Up early and made it for breakfast! Tried out the waffle machine (Alex, not me!) then back on the road in the direction of Nevada. Long pretty tedious drive through the California central valley, miles of flat agricultural land. Saw a sign for a flea markey in the town of Selma, decided to pull off the highway and take a look, OMG it was a immigration border control officers dream! I mean we kind of felt at home, every single person was speaking Spanish, the stalls were all selling outrageous frilly over the top clothing, favoured by the "chicas" the "hombres" selling their custom low rider cars, it was like a scene out of West Side Story! We were the only fair haired, fair skinned caucasions in the place, made a swift exit... The temperatures started ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Mojave May 23rd 2012

Remembering my journey to the States... Mojave Desert on the way to Las Vegas (Nevada), from Los Angeles (California) - Rainy day turned into a sunny and warm spring day at Vegas Stunning view of the Mojave Desert. We stoped by Ghost Town to eat (after the exit to ZZyxx). Enjoy the pictures Cheers, João Mateus... read more
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North America » United States » California » Mojave May 11th 2012

Hi troops. Well here we are in the airport at LAX after an interesting trip down from Williams AZ. We decided to use the onboard GPS directions rather than the google ones Bill had printed. We got sent off the interstate route and onto a shitty 2 lane blacktop through the Mojave desert. The road was under repair so we got several hold ups of about 45 mins each and then near a spot that I am sure was very close to bum fuck nowhere, we ran out of gasoline. Lots of drama but it needs beer. We got it sorted but it did take a couple of hours and was quite stressful. A long night ahead of us but for now we are in the United VIP lounge so things are looking good. AMF Greg ... read more

North America » United States » California » Mojave April 1st 2012

Today we are traveling to Mojave, CA. Once we arrived, Jack BBQed chicken. We had the chicken, corn, garlic bread, pork & beans, with potatoes. Chilled at the campsite at Sierra Trails RV Park. Park was somewhat surprising, it is an oasis in the middle of the dessert. Quite a few trees, a rock wall around the park, pretty nice. Aleta and I did our typical walkaround of the rv park. Mountains on one side with dessert on the other three. Don, at the park office was really nice to deal with. This is a PA park and the three nights here are $45.00. We did buy tickets for the MegaMillions with no luck.... read more
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North America » United States » California » Mojave October 11th 2010

Hi Everyone, This entry is going to be a very brief overview of our trip over the last couple of weeks. We have covered a lot of territory since I wrote last, so it will be just a snapshot. We left Grand Canyon after bunkering down there to avoid the severe weather and tornadoes that were causing problems in the area. We waited until the weather cleared and finally took our helicopter trip which we were really keen to do. Our photos of the Grand Canyon have rain clouds hovering over them, but I think it adds to the drama! After leaving the Grand Canyon we drove down to Sedona for a brief visit. We saw the devastation the tornadoes caused along side the highway. We saw RVs picked up and smashed just like matchsticks, so ... read more
Zion National Park
Bryce Canyon
Great Basin National Park

North America » United States » California » Mojave January 20th 2010

By Melisse. Rain in the desert is a blessed event. It releases huge powers in the plants and soil. Ocotillos instantly transform from their brown spindly shape to a green and “fluffy” one with vermillion plumes at their ends. The animals rejoice. Last night it rained here in Anza Borrego Desert State Park in southern California. Several times through the night a few sprinkles danced upon our taught tent fly. I awoke well before dawn, recorded my dreams (as is my daily custom now), got dressed and went for a long walk with Quito along a sandy road through the large valley where we are camped. The light gradually grew as we trodded along. Suddenly the aromas of the freshly moistened soil and vegetation enveloped me, and like a time machine, sucked me back to Water ... read more
our homes in Blair Valley
agave in Anza Borrego
water cisterns at a desert homestead in the '30's

North America » United States » California » Mojave January 18th 2010

That thing that the car mechanic in Buckeye, Arizona said must have stuck in Quito's brain. "The white coyote" is what he called her. It must have instantly resonated with her. "I'm the white coyote, how cool is that?" she must have thought. For no sooner had I begun preparing her dinner at our next stop in Anza Borrego Desert State Park in the Mojave Desert than Quito lit out across a dry lake bed in hot pursuit of her kin. One second she was licking her lips in preparation for the evening kibble and the next, after a sudden growl and bark, she was gone at a full gallop. Melisse reacted first. She tossed aside our meal preparation and like a hysterical mother bear, ran screaming at the top of her lungs after Quito who ... read more
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