So one year later, I am going to attempt to post our truncated vacation experience to Joshua Tree. I started to create the postings upon our return, but never did get it done for many reasons. So time to get down to it!
We were unable to complete our wish list of sites to see, and hope to return someday to experience it all. But as this article describes, even if we return, it may never be the same. Just as Canadians are flocking out of the cities with the pandemic, so are the Hollywood crowd to Joshua Tree and surrounds. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/were-getting-out-of-l-a-and-going-to-joshua-tree-why-the-desert-area-is-booming.
So here it is, one year on.
Friday February 21, 2020
Little did we know this would turn out to be a less than routine vacation! We could not have dreamt this type of Californication! But that all happens later….
Our journey actually started on day 0 with the 276 km drive to Burlington for a pre-trip visit with Mike’s parents and a birthday book delivery to Dan (finally!!). We rose early on Friday, Feb 21 (day 1) and were out the door before 7 am, without even waking George & Marucia. As was to become our pattern, Michael drove the first couple of hours, then we switched drivers. I crossed the border smoothly into Michigan which took about 10 – 15 minutes. It was a perfect driving day with lots of sun and light traffic. We did manage to hit Cincinnati about 3:30 pm for Friday rush hour but even that was mild.
We purchased a ROAM mobility card for use in the states – and it seemed to suck! We had very poor reception using Michael’s One-plus (which is now 6 years old, so that is a bit suspect). Unfortunately despite my research, the reception was quite spotty. I’m not sure what provider may be better??? At this point it was ‘ok’ for navigation, and luckily our route was straight forward. But internet communication is not dependable. Wifi at accommodations will be necessary!
We lunched in Dayton, Ohio just past Toledo where we found a great Pho spot. We filled up with diesel and after another driver swap we were on to Cinci’ where we swapped again. We almost stopped at the Armstrong Space Museum there (Neil Armstrong’s home town), but it was 3pm so we decided to skip as the museum would likely close and we wanted to push on.
Our ‘in flight entertainment’ consisted mostly of podcasts which we had previously downloaded. I had selected ‘Habitat’ the Mars simulation in Hawaii, and Michael ‘The Office Girls’ re-watch podcast by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey. Both were engaging and entertaining. Our driving did take us through some weather with interesting skies including rainbow entertainment also (see next post for the photos).
We used HotelTonight the app Michael had found for last minute hotel bookings to book our first night. It was $100 Cdn+tax for a King room with breakfast, so reasonable – but the same price as other sites. The staff were great and very helpful – especially in picking our dinner spot.
We went to the local favourite, Greyhound Tavern which was a splurge. The onion rings were insane! 5 inches around and 2 inches thick monsters! The pecan crusted chicken was excellent and the spinach salad was well done. We added a couple of local draft beers which were also very good. It was a nice dinner binge, but we can’t keep this up for both the waistline and the pocketbook!
Heading back to the hotel, we decided to skip a stop at the PEECOX bar across the street and opted instead for some TV time with cookies from the lobby.
757km under our tires today…. more tomorrow so early rise on the alarm.