Driving from Las Vegas to California was such a fun experience. Rather than taking the highway route, we opted for the more scenic journey, driving through the heart of the Mojave Desert. It was an adventure I’ll remember forever. I tend to forget there are so many unique (and unexpected) places and things to experience right here in the US. Lesson learned.
Driving through the Mojave Desert, while oddly enough, (despite being more scenic), was also the “quicker” route to California. At over 30 miles less than taking the freeway, going this way is a no-brainer. My only advice? Make sure you top off your gas tank! I’m not kidding.
There are certain things about the trips that we take that stick out more than others, and this adventure is one of them. It was simply unforgettable. The ride was just over 4 hours, and there was something so odd about being in the middle of nowhere. I’ve never experienced anything like it! Except maybe on a cruise ship, but even then, you’re still with other people. Here, it was just Josh and I – alone. There were times we’d randomly stop to get out of the car and take pictures, like we had all the time in the world. And we felt like we did. There was nothing for miles and miles. I’ve never heard nothing before. It’s hands down one of the most eerie, beautiful, and peaceful thing ever.
We finally hit another life form; a train. It was so cool! There’s really no other way to describe it. You’re in the middle of the desert, racing against the longest train ever. If this isn’t the American West, I just don’t know what is!
Eventually after we left the Mojave Desert, the cool factor remained. Have you ever seen California wind farms before? It’s not something you see here in New York, and holy crap, they’re sort of creepy! I could totally see why David Fincher chose a wind farm for the end of the movie Seven. I swear, we passed where that scene was filmed. Scary!!!
Then, eventually, it was back to reality.
We thought our excitement would first begin when we arrived in Palm Desert and at our resort, but boy were we wrong. The saying “it’s the journey, not the destination,” has never been more true!