We’ve spent the night just east of
at the Orange Grove RV Park, where we have stayed and enjoyed many times. A reservation is necessary as they fill up at this time of year with all the snowbirds heading south. The park encourages everyone to pick some fresh oranges from their trees when they are ripe so we shall do that plus a free truck/RV washing is to be done before we leave. Bakersfield, CA
|Tehachapi Loop railroad|
is one of my favorite ones and the sights include the Tehachapi Loop that the Union Pacific Railroad uses to lesson the grade, the track passes over itself on this 1.17km (.73mi) spiral. This in one of the busiest single-track mainlines in the world, which explains why we usually see a train when we pass through here. This photo was taken on a previous trip, we see nothing today. Tehachapi Pass
|Fog through the Tehachapi Pass|
This is what we are really looking at today, the visibility is almost zilch! The
Tehachapi Pass is 1156 M (3793’) high and we’re in the clouds at the southern end of the . The drive might be a bit slow as we pass through here but the roads are bare. We’ve also had snow through here before but not today. Sierra Mountains
|More fog across the green hills of Tehachapi Pass|
Tehachapi Pass connects the Tehachapi Mountains with the Mojave Desert, which we will travel through today. Our temperature as we go through the Pass is just over 3C (36f) so not the weather we want to spend too much time in but it tends to be cool like this at these levels, especially at night and through the Mojave.
|Borax Boron Mine, CA|
As you may imagine, there is a lot of nothing as we drive across the
Mojave Desert but there is one place I find interesting by the road signs. We pass the 20 Mule Team Road which was named after the 20 mule teams that moved borax out of many years ago. Then we see the Death Valley, CA sign that leads to the site a short way off the freeway. After some research, I find that this is the largest open-pit mine and borax mine in the world. Borax Visitor Center
|San Bernadino Mountains shrouded in clouds|
Once we leave
Barstow, Ca we are travelling on I-15, passing through Victorville, the former home of Roy Rogers and , now closed. We descend down towards San Bernadino Mountains and see some very dark clouds ahead but we’ll be heading east before we get to those. Dale Evans Museum
|Robin Thicke performs in Coachella Valley|
We are now travelling east on I-10 and only a half hour from our favorite RV Park. Upcoming shows are advertised on billboards and we spot this show with Robin Thicke that we will definitely have to see on Feb. 2, 2013. There are several casinos with no shortage of great entertainment in the
Palm Springs area.
|New overpass at Palm Springs, CA|
We arrive in the
and the temperature is 13C (56f). Cool temps and clouds are not what we usually expect to be greeted with but we see no snow! The new overpasses have been completed since our last visit and the sign says we’re in Coachella Valley Palm Springs and we are only moments from the park.
|Desert Shadows RV Park, CA|
We have arrived at Desert Shadows RV Park, which we will be calling home for the rest of the winter. The gates open up like welcoming arms after a long 5 days of winter travels and we are very happy to be here, clouds and all.
We have now completed a journey of 2,414 km (1500 mi) together over the past 5 days. I usually showcase the places we visit and not the roads we travel but if you’ve enjoyed this one, I hope you will continue to follow us on our RV adventures to the places we visit.