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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The High Desert

The last two days we have been exploring the area around Barstow, CA. We have gone from chilly coast to the heat of the high desert just on the edge of the Mojave Desert.
We settled in at the Barstow, Calico KOA around 2 pm Monday and had a nice lunch at Peggy Sue's 50's Diner.
Today we visited the Borax Mine visitor Center and stopped at the little Twenty Mule Team museum in Boron. In the area is the town Hinkley that was featured in the news and movie about their poisoned water which Julia Roberts starred.
Then we found the Harvey House museum in Barstow but it was closed so went to Calico the Ghost Town which is now a regional park with a fee. It was quiet as we just missed the bus tours, so not much going on but it was interesting to learn about the silver and borax
mining that made it a boom town of 1200 in 1887.
Tomorrow we head to Las Vegas for a weeks relaxation with Ken's grand kids.

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