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 though.

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The road to the Grand Canyon from Dolan Springs
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Snow and a Wigwam
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The edge of the Grand Canyon from afar.
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Snow and the Grand Canyon Escarpments
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The Joshua Tree Forest

 

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.

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The history of Nipton is on the plaque. Joshua trees and railhead show here
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The history of Nipton, California
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No this isn’t the ‘Hotel California’ featured in the Eagles song……but it could have been
and part of the
Nipton railroad and solar farm in the distance

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.

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Joshua tree and arid high desert landscape
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Hillbilly gas station at Yucca near Kingman Arizona
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Some old trucks stored outside in the desert of Arizona

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.

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The lower Colorado river that runs into Lake Mead. From US93 and the recreation area
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Having fun at the Imperial dunes near Yuma AZ. close to the the border with Mexico