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Apr 9, 2013 - Boron, CA

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...

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The Great Escape

Nov 1, 2012 - 20 Mule Team Stop

Boron is one of those little towns along that everyone passes by without giving it a thought, if not for the boron mine and Edwards AFB I'm sure it would have become a ghost town years ago. But Boron is worth a day trip to see the "20 Mule Team Museum" (www.20muleteammuseum.com/), the" Saxon Aerospace Museum " (www.saxonaerospacemuseum.com) and the Rio Tinto Borax Mine (www.riotinto.com/ourproducts/218_our_companies_4438.asp) plus they have three very good restaurants we ate at the 20 mule Team Café.

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Oct 31, 2012 - Did The Coach Blow Up?

We were going to go to Anaheim for a couple of days but changed our minds at the last minute and decided to head directly to Madera instead. The half way point there is Boron, Ca. which is in the Mojave desert just down the road from Edwards Air Force Base and the location of the old 20 mule team boron mines. Seemed like and endless line of Fed Ex trucks along hwy 58 I guess they use it to by pass the LA traffic and climbing the grapevine. I had the hell scared out of me when we pulled in, while I was in the office I heard a loud explosion...

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Feb 21, 2012 - Boron, CA

We stayed two days here in Boron, CA, we wanted to go through the Borax visitor center. We had gone by this place so many times in our travels but never had the time to stop. Edwards Air Force Base is located here also. They have a small NASA space center, did you realize that the space shuttle from the moon had to land here 49 times because of the weather in FL? We did not know it was that many. Our next stop is Las Vegas, NV Bye for now. and as always the weather is great. I have to throw that in. PS, I think I am finally ready to send...

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Jun 4, 2011 - Day 4 Bullhead City, AZ to Boron, CA

We have one issue to solve. The TV stand for the big TV in the Living room broke. So we went to Home Depot and bought some parts so Jay could create a new stand. If we had wall space we could mount it, but we do not. We had been traveling with it under a console table and the vibrations must have been too much for the plastic. Tomorrow Jay will see if it works, but it was already 7:15 and dinner was calling. We went up to the pool last night after dinner. Nice way to cool down and relax from the day of traveling. Left Riverside RV...

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May 20, 2011 - First day on the road

It didn't start too well. The MH wouldn't start. I think we have to get a new starting battery. Mark, our good neighbor brought his Ram over and jumped the battery and it started right off. First stop was the Zip station down on I-10. Gas was $3.65. Not bad. We saw some in CA for $4.79. Glad we had a full tank. OK - I drove to Parker, AZ on the Colorado River. We had about 8 miles of road construction. It wasn't too bad - I just took it slow and made it fine. Oh! one 18 wheeler was a bit of a road hog coming the other way and when I tried...

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Summer 2011 Travels

Jun 20, 2009 - Calico Ghost Town, California

We left Fairfield, California at 6am. Our first day ended after a 9 hour drive down I-5 and through the Tehachapi Mountains to the Calico Ghost Town. We arrived after 5pm, so of course, the place was a ghost town. The wind blew so hard that our puppies barked all night. The next morning was beautiful and we toured the "town" and met a lovely family visiting from Denmark. We decided not to stay another night and left for the Prescott Best Buy to fix our broken stereo/GPS system. Unfortunately a CD of Bob Marley's Greatest Hits was stuck in...

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Mar 6, 2009 - Boron, Ca

The weather has changed! Temps are anywhere from 57 degrees to 32 degrees depending on the altitude. We left San Bernardino this AM traveling NW through the high desert area. There are more military bases tucked away than a person can shake a stick at. The plane is the only look a passer-by will get at Edwards Air Force Base as it is secured. Rolling on down the road with no particular destination in mind, we stop at a McDonald's for a cup of coffee. A lovely couple told to "turn around-you can't miss the Borax mine". Backtrack 17 miles we...

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Sep 24, 2007 - Borax Factory's Visitor Center

On the way East through California, on route 58 through the Mojave Desert, we saw a billboard inviting us to stop at the Borax Visitor Center in Boron, so we did! The woman at the gate was glad to see us, as was the couple volunteering at the visitor center. We saw a 17 minute film that taught us more than we ever could have known about Borax. It comes from boron, the 5th element in the element table, and is found in only a few places in the world. The mine here is huge, but I can't remember if it's the biggest one. Boron was used back in...

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