Driving from Las Vegas to Palm Desert, California was such a fun experience. Rather than taking the highway route, we opted for the more scenic journey: driving through the Mojave Desert. It was an adventure I’ll remember forever. I tend to forget there are so many unique (and unexpected) places right here in the United States. Lesson learned.
Driving through the Mojave Desert is not only the more scenic route, but it’s also the quicker way to go! At over 30 miles less than taking the freeway, driving this way is a no-brainer. My only advice? Make sure you top off your gas tank! I’m not kidding. You’re going through the heart of the desert.
There are certain things about the trips that we take that stick out more than others. This drive is one of them. It was 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 the two of us. We were completely 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 sort of 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 things ever.
When we finally ran into something, it was a train. It was so cool! 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!
Even 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!!!
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!