March 07,2008...East bound on I-60...heading to the I-10 through the Badlands area of Moreno Valley,Ca.
Yucca,Ca. on Hwy62 heading towards 29 Palms to where we will make our way to Amboy Crater. I had read that the wildflowers were in overdrive this year.
Arriving at Amboy Crater, its welcoming signage is easily seen from National Trail Hwy aka Route 66.
Entering Amboy Crater Road, carpets of Desert Gold rolled out for miles.
Amboy Crater with its cloak of Desert Gold.
We'll be spending the night out here. I always liked watching the sunset, the closing of another day.
A night photo of Sand Verbena (Abronia Villosa)
Our choosen spot ,not far from the vaulted toilets and away from the main parking area. The pervous night was very quiet and this morning was overcast.
Facing towards the town of Amboy.
A dawn sun doing battle against the shroud covered sky.
Another look towards the town of Amboy.
After eating breakfast we took a stroll along a flowery path.
Bunches of flowers everywhere.
A flowing sea of purple.
The sun won its battle against the cloud cover making the colors come out of the flowers even more vibrate.
Julie wading among a tidepool of gold.
Desert life showing off its young brood.
Walking back on the trail to the beginning of this little venture.
From Amboy we drove to my parents house and was greeted by Ginger, she's a little on the shy side.
Ginger isn't shy about wanting to come along on our trip, not this time Ginger. We'll be staying the night here and heading on to Grandcanyon Caverns in the morning.
In the morning my parent took us to breakfast at a place on Andy Devine aka Rounte 66. This motel was across the street.
On the road after breakfast,once passed the fuel stations on Andy Devine (route66) it opens up.
We didn't know what to expect cruising the famous Route 66, we saw this place called Hackberry, we stopped to poke around.
This place is a treasure of old cars and other items of pasted days.
I had heard of stories of hand cranking your car to get it started and sometime the crank would kick back resulting in arm/hand injuries.
Several flathead V-8 are on display, my wife had never seen this type of automotive engine.
Julie standing by old gas pumps and motorcycles in front of the general store.
Ther's a sign on the Vette's seat, Do not sit in Vette, nothing about leaning on it. This vette had been picture in many photo shoots as posted inside the general store.
After visiting Hackberry it down the road eastbound on route 66.
A few short miles and here's a sign announcing the town of Valentine, my mother had told me about a zoo located here for retired animals.
I had read about this Indian school, it was closed down after a new one was built on the Hualapal Reservation. The BIA building is a stone throw from here.
BIA building in Valentine.
I do believe we have found that zoo.
Can't miss this sign, nice looking truck.
Unfortunately they were closed today,several vehicles could be seen parked around the compound
Continuing our eastward journey on route 66 to the Grandcanyon Cravens ,the road takes us to the town of Truxton.
A small gas station is on the Mother Road, plenty of room on the outer pump for any size RV.
Across from the gas station is a resturant that boast of being the home of the 10 cent cup of coffee.
We reached the border of the Indian reservation.
Moments after entering, we are in Peach Springs also known as Radiator Springs in the movie "Cars"
As far as I could tell this is their city hall in Peach Springs.
I wonder if it ever got built.
It didn't ake long to drive through the resevation.
Not long after exiting from the Hualapl reservation are destination was reached.
This is the road up to the campground and the caverns.
We drove around the campgound to check over the place, it wasn't long to pick out a site.
Grandcanyon cavern campground is on the rustic side which we like and can cater to any size RV. We are walking through the campground to the cavern.
It's a adventure to get passed this fierce Tyrannosaurus Rex guarding the gates to yawn carvern.