Monday, March 30th ~ On the road again!
Tim and I decided rather spur of the moment to take off on a road trip. It also coincides with Spring Break for some schools, so we are not sure if things will be crowded or not, but off we go…
We had some business to attend to this morning in Rancho Cucamonga, so we did not really get on the road until early afternoon. We are headed toward Yosemite National Park, but wanted to take some less traveled roads.
Our route today was Highway 395 North to cut across the Mohave Desert up to Inyokum, then a slight jog on to 14 before taking 178 through Walker Pass, past Lake Isabella and overnight in Bakersfield.
The Mohave is huge and encompasses Death Valley, Las Vegas area, and Joshua Tree National Park. We are cutting across just a corner of the desert on this itinerary.
When I think of the Mohave, words like stark, desolate, hot, lonely, deserted, barren, all come to mind. And they are all accurate descriptions. But there is so much beauty to be found as well. There may be as many as 1,750 to 2,000 different species of plants in this desolate appearing landscape!
“The Mojave Desert’s boundaries are generally defined by the presence of Yucca brevifolia (Joshua trees), considered an indicator species for this desert.” ~ Wikipedia
Here is a sample of our pictures from our drive this afternoon.
Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful for the opportunity to take another road trip with my sweetheart. Life is good!