Road to the Grand Canyon

We Left Lake Havasu City yet again at around 08:30, today en-route to Las Vegas and return to dear old Blighty. Decided to take the backroads this time, that’s to Kingman, AZ then to Dolan Springs, Lake Mead and finally Henderson on the outskirts of Las Vegas. We had seen signs to the Grand Canyon on interstate 40 around Kingman stating it was 200 miles ahead. That, of course is to the South Rim and National Park. If you instead go via Dolan Springs the road leads to the Skywalk and various tours. The road is interesting enough for most … Continue reading Road to the Grand Canyon

Nipton – California

Nipton – Gateway to the Mojave National Preserve. An historic Mojave Desert town having its roots in the nineteenth century mining and ranching industries of the western United States and is located on the northern boundary of Mojave National Preserve. There’s … A stage coach line from Searchlight, Nevada, it was established to carry passengers and freight to the town and the railhead. … Post Office records for the period of 1907 – 1909 show a S.D. Karns as the Postmaster in Nipton. Continue reading Nipton – California

A Bit of Arizona

From Lake Havasu City Arizona to just below Boulder City Nevada. A journey of around 150 miles through some rugged high desert country to the staggeringly beautiful mountain scenes of southern Nevada. Lake Mead a lake on the Colorado River, about 24 miles southeast of the city of Las Vegas. It is the largest reservoir in the United States in terms of water capacity and located in Mohave County, Arizona and Clark County, Nevada.   Continue reading A Bit of Arizona

The Mohave Desert

Still hanging around in this area of California. The Mohave Desert has cast some sort of spell over me. I can’t get enough of the place for some strange reason, it’s arid and barren with some unusual plants and cacti including the Joshua Tree, it’s hot and dusty yet strangely beautiful. This vast desert which straddles 3 states, namely, California, Arizona and Nevada has a bewitching effect on many who travel through it. Travellers pitch tents, build shacks and homes in odd places, leave personal objects, mainly old trainers and shoes or names spelt out with stones seemingly to prove … Continue reading The Mohave Desert

Lake Havasu to Joshua Tree

Wild Burro’s  were first introduced into the Desert Southwest of the USA by Spaniards in the 1500’s, they have long ears, a short mane and reach a height of up to 5 feet at the shoulders. They vary in colour from black to brown to grey. The Mojave Desert is an arid rain-shadow desert and the driest desert in North America. It is located in the southwestern United States, primarily within southeastern California and southern Nevada, and it occupies a total of 47,877 sq miles (124,000 km2). Very small areas also extend into Utah and Arizona, Its boundaries are generally noted by the presence of Joshua Trees. Continue reading Lake Havasu to Joshua Tree

Cibola and the desert

Cibola National Wildlife Refuge in the floodplain of the lower Colorado River between Arizona and California and surrounded by a fringe of desert ridges and washes. Just 60 or so miles from the Mexican border and as hot as red chilli’s in the summer. Luckily we visited in March and the temperature peaked at 85*F so we managed to go for a walk and stop off at the lake. The Algodones Dunes is a large area located in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of California, near the border with Arizona and the Mexican state of Baja California. This … Continue reading Cibola and the desert

Southern California

San Clemente, a coastal city in Orange County, California. Best known for it’s state beaches, with their surf breaks and sandstone bluffs. Running along the coast, the Beach Trail offers sea views and green parks. Near T-Street Beach, long San Clemente Pier stretches out into the Pacific Ocean. Casa Romantica Cultural Centre and Gardens embodies the city’s original Spanish-style architecture. Caught it on a lovely spring day, the sunset was truly wonderful after a special fish supper. Lake Henshaw, a Reservoir in San Diego County, California at the southeast base of Palomar Mountain, approximately 70 miles northeast of San Diego, … Continue reading Southern California

California and Whale Watching

Arrived at Lake Elsinore, Southern California. Established in 1888, the city is on the shore of Lake Elsinore, a natural freshwater lake about 3,000 acres in size. A sprawling conurbation that completely surrounds the lake. Lake Elsinore from high up on the Ortega highway Dana Point just a few miles south of Los Angeles a fabulous destination in Southern California that just about has everything for a marine adventure. The harbor, with its marinas and eclectic boutiques, is a jumping off point for dolphin and whale-watching cruises. Surf waves roll onto nearby Doheny State Beach and Salt Creek Beach, which … Continue reading California and Whale Watching