part one | the desert
march fifth 2017 start of our roadtrip to Arizona and the California west coast. 28 days. 8838 km.
day one our first night on the road and in the morning we woke up to snow.
reason #1 why we are headed south. it’s been a long winter and spring is nowhere to be found in Chilliwack.
day three drove into California.
we left the main road and head east towards Nevada, Arizona and the desert.
day five the desert road winds and curves and stretches like a ribbon before us.
Badwater Basin is 282 feet below sea level. the little dots on the bottom photo are cars. Death Valley is the lowest, hottest, and driest national park in the US. We were here fifteen years ago, hiked out before first light and photographed the sand dunes. i’ll have to dig out some of those photos later.
we stopped for sandwiches at Amargosa Opera House as we headed further east.
driving the boler through Vegas on the way through.
weird and interesting things to see along the way.
hot air balloons over the hwy.
this “chapel” looks different than ours.
day nine a short visit in Phoenix. it was great having a break from “roughing it” in various campgrounds.
wine, dinner and a great visit under palm trees with tina.
tina is a seasoned traveler and she gave us some great travel tips. these amazing places are not necessarily in the order we saw them.
day nine passing through Sedona.
note to self to come back one day and stay longer and explore this magical place of red rocks and blue skies.
one of our top three campgrounds (and one of the hottest places yet) was near the Desolation Mountains at Lost Dutchman State Park.
it is even more beautiful at night.
we wanted to go see the wild flowers at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve. we missed the best time for them to bloom but it was still a pretty sight to see.
on a tip we drove through the backroads in search for “grape-soda” lupins growing in the washes.
you do want to watch where you step.
day 16 another favourite campsite at Joshua Tree
as we usually do at the last minute we had decided that we would camp in the park only to find every single campsite full. just when we were ready to give up in frustration we met the loveliest family who offered to share their space with us. a random act of kindness that we feel so grateful to be on the receiving end of. these are the little things that make traveling more memorable and reinforce our belief that people are generally kind despite what we may hear on the news.
after dinner we sat under the stars in this magical place.
there are no services (other than outhouses) at the park. there is no power and you bring your own water and supplies. i was pretty proud of breakfast we cooked on our propane stove (for simplicity we used disposable or burnable dishes and cups which we try not to do often when we’re on the road).
we spent a couple of days feeling humbled by the depths and heights of the Grand Canyon.
part two | the california coast (click HERE)