April 4 – April 10, 2018.
When we got back to the US we had no plan, well except to do almost 4 weeks of laundry and to rush to Aldi and fill our cart with pretzels and cheddar cheese (which there was a serious lack of in Mexico).
The Southwest United States is so vast with so many different places and so many different things to do, it is a little overwhelming trying to decide what to do next. We still had a National Parks pass that we needed to squeeze more value out of, so I pulled up the National Park app on my phone, looked at all the many options and handed the phone to Greg, “Here, you decide.”
Greg made a short list of parks he’d like to visit, then I started my research. What’s on the way, what’s nearby, where can we camp? Manzanar (which we blogged about previously, check it out here) was fairly close and although it is a free park and wouldn’t count as value towards our park pass, it looked like something we would be interested in. Nearby I found Alabama Hills and a film museum. On the way there was a nature discovery center, some space stuff**, and a good camping option.
So started our little wander in the shadow of the Sierra Nevadas up into Owens Valley in search of rocks and movies.
**The Space stuff ended up being a fail. While we were in the town of Barstow I found a flyer for a small local museum associated with The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex – the space portion of our little wander. After stopping by the museum, I realized that we couldn’t tour the complex as I previously thought. Even though, the museum and a encouraging comment from a blog follower made me determined to find some really cool space thing we could visit (Which we did. We will talk about this successful space trip and the GDSSC in a future post). BTW – we are easily influenced – so if there is a cool place you want us to go to, we have now decided to take requests.
* All pics are click to enlarge.