I love traveling. Travel by air, rail, water or road are all experiences not to be missed.
Alan and I both share the love of travel. Recently we have been restrained in our travel adventures because of financial limitations. This past weekend was our 32nd wedding anniversary and we just needed to get away. Out of country was out of the budget, so we needed to explore our backyard.
Where to go? Where to go?
At first we were thinking, “Let’s go to Sedona.” We’ve been there before. For our anniversary a couple years ago. We really love it there. It is like being in the Grand Canyon without the crazy hike down and back up. But it is cold up in Northern Arizona right now including snow, and as most of you know I don’t do well with COLD. Then my son suggested San Diego. Duh. I am so glad someone was thinking outside the state!
San Diego is about 300 miles from Phoenix. Not as close as Sedona, but it’s warm and it has beaches! The decision was made.
Road trips are an exceptional way to see the terrain of an area up close and personal. The trip from Gila Bend, AZ. east on I-8 to San Diego was all uncharted territory for me. I love seeing places I’ve never laid eyes on before.
I was amazed at the scenery changes in just a few hundred miles. First there is the typical desert from Phoenix to Yuma. I love the beauty that the Sonoran Desert holds. I enjoy driving by and taking photos. It is difficult to get out and hike however, can’t do it in flip flops! And in the summer only lizards and snakes should be out and about outside of an air-conditioned motor vehicle.
Just west of Yuma, near Winterhaven, CA., are miles and miles of Sand Dunes. These dunes made me wonder if this is what the Sahara Desert looks like. It is surreal. Winterhaven is rightly named as many desert rats were holding up in little villages with all of their sand toys. Looked like tons of sandy fun.
It was strange because just as quick as we were upon sand, the next terrain we came to were boulders. Literally a mountain range made of millions of boulders.
I have seen the thousands of wind generators on I-10 near Palm Springs, CA. They also have some near El Centro, CA. on I-8. During our San Diego Bay Cruise we saw some of the turbines and blades getting ready to ship to the high wind hillsides of these California mountains. I hear mixed reports on the productivity of these wind generators. Some say they are not cost effective. Others think they are a good source of electricity and keep putting more up. I am not sure, but I know they are huge and a sight to see!
I was surprised by all the vistas we encountered on I-8 from Phoenix to San Diego. Who says you have to spend thousands of dollars to go on a trip?
And…. according to the Red Hot Chili Peppers we experienced, “the edge of the world, and all of western civilization”. Priceless.