Category Archive: Road Trips

Feb
27

Joshua Tree…Awesome and Annoying

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We (actually not WE…I take the blame on this one) made the mistake of heading to Joshua Tree National Park on the weekend.  I thought I was being smart when we decided to head there on a Thursday as we read the park camping fills up completely on the weekend.  My logic was if we …

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Feb
24

A Secret Hot Springs in the Desert

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Camped outside of the tiny town of Wikieup, Arizona, our mission was to explore the local mining area in search of yet more rocks.  What we didn’t expect was to find a hot springs all to ourselves! As with most of the adventures we have had on this American road trip, our knowledge of places …

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Feb
18

Ya-Ya-Ya-Yuma

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We were definitely the youngest people around when we camped at the LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area) at Imperial Damn near Yuma Arizona.  This is the place for retirees! Wowza!  So, so, so many people from the Northern States and Canada make their way down to Yuma to winter in the glorious warmth of Southern …

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Feb
14

Wild West At Castle Dome Museum

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Ever heard of Castle Dome City? Apparently it was quite the place back in the day with over 3000 inhabitants (more than Yuma at the time).  The business of the day was mining and a lot of hearty men and women made their fortunes in this city.

Feb
11

Castle Dome and Big Eye Mine

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An hour North of Yuma, Arizona lies the once bustling but now deserted area of Castle Dome.  We found another beautiful spot to camp under the towering rock formation from which Castle Dome takes its name.

Feb
08

Desert Camping in Quartzsite Arizona

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Quartzsite, Arizona is a weird little vortex of retirees camped out in the desert, endless swap meets, and oodles of rocks and fossils for sale.  The small town comes alive in the winter as it fills with people searching for a bit of sun and a cheap cost of living. We knew about Quartzsite from …

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Feb
04

514 VW Vans at Buses By The Bridge

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As we were leaving Valley Of Fire we stopped to talk to the owners of some other VW Vans. This isn’t unusual for us. When you own a Volkswagen Van you become part of a not-so-secret club of van lovers.  We smile, wave, and honk when we drive by each other and we stop to chat …

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Feb
01

I Fell In To The Valley Of Fire

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Hum the tune of “Burning Ring Of Fire” by Johnny Cash. This was the theme song for our family’s trip to The Valley Of Fire State Park in Nevada. We kept the tune and swapped out the words and made up an endless song continually describing our two day exploration of this alien landscape. Valley of …

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Jan
09

Days of Exploration at The Las Vegas Springs Preserve

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110 acres of native habitat in the midst of the glitz, glamour, and grime of Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Springs Preserve has a whole lot to offer the visitor to Vegas, especially families. Within its grounds lies the Nevada State Museum, The Origin Museum, A Sustainability Gallery, a working model of an entirely environmentally …

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Jan
08

Wetlands in Las Vegas?

We are all about taking advantage of learning opportunities when we travel. We like to go to museums, science centres, interpretive centres and art galleries.  We like to go to them even more when they are free so after a brief internet search on “Things to Do in Vegas with Kids” we thought we would …

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