A Stop on Route 66
I often travel to SoCal via the Mohave desert... through Kelso Junction then south under I-40 and eventually hitting a junction with old Route 66. From there, it's 5 miles west until the next junction at Amboy. This "town" has always seemed abandoned, but this February, there was some action going on... a functioning gas station and lots of restoration to the old "motel".
Roy's is happening again, sort of... Nice Lincoln on display. The cabins are now spiffed up, but I don't think they function yet... The stylish lobby area is filled with fifties memorabilia and is fun to explore (from the outside, no way in yet).
And for a little meditation as you leave town...
From Amboy, it's a drive straight south to 29 Palms... and Utah Street which leads to the highway to Palm Springs, or, for more adventure, across the highway to an entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.
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Some Travel Notes from the Holidays
As we have for several years, we flew to Maui at the beginning of December. This year was special since my son and daughter-in-law joined us. Besides all the usual activities, involving the expenditure of lots of money, I finally got my wish to do a hike around La Perouse Bay. The trail is the beginning of the King's Highway and is generally known as the Hoapili Trail.
Crossing miles of lava field was no treat, but I got some good pics of the steep shoreline. First is the "kids" on the trail...
Then a couple features along the trail...
On the way back, I ran into a herd of mountain goats. These were dark colored, and blend in with the surroundings so are kinda hard to see.