The Great Escape / Oct-2012 to Oct-2013 travel blog

First rest stop in California: a bleak landscape

Southern California is a dry desert

Mojave Desert looks like Texas except for the joshua trees

We are regrouping after our sandstorm and trying the get back on schedule. We lost a planned day in Death Valley and with some extra driving we will get to Sequoia National Park and make our camping reservations on time. Boron is a one-night stopover. The campground is just off Twenty Mule Team Road!

It turns out that Boron, CA is the location of the largest Boron deposit ever found, and supplies half of the world's refined borates. It seems like everywhere we go we find mines that are the richest in the world. So far we have stumbled upon mines for mercury, silver, copper, lead, oil wells, and now boron.

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