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Apr 18, 2017 - Wander Woman

Zzyzx. Say what? Zzyzx. Pronounced zighzix. It was a spiritual health retreat (illegally) for many years until the government finally shooed the guy who built it off to never-never-land. Now it's an educational/desert studies site on the Preserve. Went there with one of the Rangers on Aine the traveling motorcycle and walked around. The guy filed a mining claim on the property and never mined it. He wasn't allowed to build anything not related to mining. He was an LA radio evangelist and was good at showmanship and chicanery. The site still...

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Apr 11, 2017 - Wander Woman

I can't believe it. I just wrote all about one of my past adventures and it erased 'cause I forgot to save it occasionally. Well. That's not gonna happen again (yeah, right). I started out with my semi-aborted bike trip to Vegas last Saturday. It was a bust. I got about 50 miles and the wind picked up so much, I got nervous. The bike was stable as hell in the heavy wind, but, I wasn't. I was buffeted around so much it was a tad nerve-wracking. I did see some more blooms. Pretty white blossoms in tall stems, awesome hot-pink flowers on...

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Apr 4, 2017 - Wander Woman

Life in the fast lane . . . dah dah dah dum. Saw a Roadrunner the other day. A rare sighting for me, so I was really tickled. Drove a couple of rutty, sandy, nasty back roads last week and loved every minute of it! And, no, I didn't drive Sassy. She doesn't take kindly to anything but pavement. I took one of the government four-wheelers and promptly learned the difference between low and high 4 wheeling. There was a moment when, after a particularly rough part of the road (trail?) the landscape opened up to various layers of mountains with...

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Mar 28, 2017 - Wander Woman

Ahhh. Love the little road trips from volunteer locations. This past weekend I tooled on up to Sacramento to visit with my lovely Aunt Irene and cousins Karen and Karl. I gotta say, it was delightful. Irene and I got caught up as much as possible on the comings and goings of various family members and I got to visit Karen's new home. Wow, is a total understatement! Not only is it a very lovely home (with an awesome kitchen, I might add), but they have one of those pools that looks like it's overflowing. Way cool. I got to drool over a...

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Mar 21, 2017 - Wander Woman

Joshua Trees are a-blooming! A few Cacti and bushes are also starting to bloom. Should be a good bloom year as there were some pretty intense winter rains here. I'd post pics, but I haven't figured how to do that on my blog yet. My good friend, Linda van Ekeren, stopped for a visit on her way to see her Mom, brother and sister on California's coast. We did the motorcycle thru the Preserve thing while she was enroute to her relatives and yesterday, she came back enroute to her flight out in Las Vegas. Nice visit. Makes me a little homesick...

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Mar 15, 2017 - Wander Woman

Ahhhh . . . the memories. I've had so many adventures over the years and occasionally, one will pop back into my brain. The other day I was watching a series of programs on Egypt, which took me right back to December 1992. I know. I know. That's a long time ago, but I've never told anyone about the trip so I thought you all might be interested. Egyptian antiquities had reopened King Tut's Tomb in November for a couple of months in honor of the 70th anniversary of it's discovery by Howard Carter. Apparently, they rotate opening the tombs so...

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Mar 14, 2017 - Wander Woman

Took a road trip from the Preserve and ended up in Ridgecrest, CA just west of Death Valley. It was quite a drive - even from Ridgecrest. Over 100 miles to the center of Death Valley. I liked the climb into the mountains and then the sudden descent into the valley. It went from typical high desert to a pretty barren landscape with minimal vegetation. Some roads were recently closed due to flash flooding but I wasn't deterred. Nope. Not me. I slogged my way thru the terrain as best as Sassy the Smart Car could slog and was sufficiently...

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Mar 4, 2017 - Wander Woman

Taking a little day-trip today on Aine. Drove thru a pretty intense Joshua Tree Forest, which is an extension of the one in the Preserve. Seems the Mojave Desert has more than a few surprises. Tomorrow, heading north to Death Valley for a few days. Should be interesting. Was gonna stop at Sequoia too, but the parts I want to see are requiring tire chains and Sassy the Smart Car doesn't really do chains. Was thinking about Gila Cliff Dwellings last night. This was last winter's volunteer site in New Mexico. I loved hiking up to the...

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Mar 4, 2017 - Yo, It's Hot in the Desert

I pull over and jump out of Gypsy. I want a picture of the entrance to the Mojave Desert. But first, I take a look back at I-40 a few hundred yards away. I watch the cars, RV's and truckers pass by...fast. How many of them realize what is only 5 miles from here on this stretch of I-40 between Barstow and Needles? Heck, I have been one of them. Three times in fact, I have passed through this same stretch of interstate. I didn't have "time" to detour 5 miles off the path. Oh what I have missed. Me and the pups just drove one of the most...

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Feb 28, 2017 - Wander Woman

It would seem that I am all alone out here in travel blog land. I'll try asking for email addresses again via FB, but it didn't work at all the last time. Oh well. I can just continue to write and not worry about it. The Mojave Desert is a most interesting place. The colors are surprising and muted and the isolation is pretty darned complete. I'm writing this on the work computer as this site doesn't provide Wi-Fi for its volunteers. I finally got Aine (Ah-nee) off the bike ramp on Clio, the wandering RV. Aine is a Celtic Goddess (a rather...

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Mar 15, 2015 - Sights along Black Canyon and Kelbaker Roads

Sunday, March 15 (The Ides of March): Mojave National Preserve Route: Black Canyon Rd → Essex Rd. → I-40 E → Goff Rd. → I-40W → Kelbaker Rd → Kelso Cima Rd → Mojave Rd. → Black Canyon Rd. Weather: 62F in the clear, calm morning with a high of 84F with light breezes by afternoon Trip Average Gas Mileage: 27.0mpg Highlights: - a free night in the campground tonight - The Najah's Desert Oasis for one-stop [expensive] gas, ice and restrooms - Kelso Depot Visitor Center - hiking the Teutonia Trail We didn't have correct change for the...

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Mar 14, 2015 - Barber Peak Loop Trail

Saturday, March 14 (Happy Pi [3.14] Day!): Mojave National Preserve Route: Barber Peak Loop Trail Weather: 55F in the clear, calm morning with a high of 79F with light breezes by afternoon Trip Average Gas Mileage: N/A Highlights: - seeing a roadrunner, a jackrabbit, a Silky Flycatcher (aka Phainopepla), an antelope squirrel and the remains of dry coyote melon gourds during our hike - hearing an owl and coyotes from the tent after dark - seeing a kangaroo rat in the campsite after dark Last night was not nearly as cold as we expected...

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