California here we come
Mystic of Holyhead (successor to Lynn Rival)
Rachel and Paul Chandler
Wed 30 Oct 2019 17:46
After two nights at the
Grand Canyon it was time to head west. We followed some of Route
66 stopping in Williams and Seligman to admire the memorabilia but
found it all a bit tired and underwhelming. We stayed overnight
in a motel at Kingman in quirky rooms with dodgy plumbing
dedicated to Marilyn Munroe and James Dean (the rooms, not the
From Kingman we crossed briefly into Nevada and then California, taking minor roads in order to visit the Mojave National Preserve. We drove through one of the densest areas of the Josua tree, which only grows in the Mojave Desert, and on to the Kelso depot, a small oasis built for railroad use and now home to a Visitors Centre.
Joshua tree - a prime specimen
The Kelso Depot. Still an active marshalling area for the long (up to 3km) trains which use this railroad
Museum displays explain the changes brought by the railroad and the automobile
The National Preserve has a number of interesting geological features including "singing" sand dunes. We didn't hear them sing but were delighted to see a desert tortoise crossing the track on the way to the dunes.
Why did the tortoise cross the road? . . .
. . . To get to the singing dunes. Sorry, no sound track.
Rocky outcrops in the Mojave Preserve - pretty much as inhospitable as the dunes.
It was getting late by the time we reached Barstow, back on Route 66 again, to stop for the night at the California Inn.