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Desert Driving

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Bakersfield, California is a bustling town whose economy is agriculture-based. It sits on the southern end of the Imperial Valley, an area of California famous for its fertile soil and its temperate climate which allows crop growth year-round. The farms are mammoth in size and the crops I saw growing were flowers for the wholesale market, cabbage, lettuce, carrots, almond trees, olive trees, and vineyards by the thousands and others I did not recognize. As I turned eastward toward the CA/NV stateline the terrain changed from flat to hilly. The hills were covered in sage brush, rocks, and brown short grass which hasn't seen rain for 2 years. Then I drove into the flat Mojave Desert which is nothing but sand and sage brush. A 17 mile elevation change of 2,000' in the highway took me into Nevada. Just over the state line the casinos appeared and were at every interchange on the way into Las Vegas. The City of Las Vegas is a strange phenomenon. It sits on a desert surrounded by mountains, miles and miles from nowhere. And, yet it is one of the fastest growing cities in the US. Building construction is going on everywhere. I drove past the site where their NFL football team, the Las Vegas Raiders will play in their new stadium next season.

My stay here in 'Sin City' is at the Elks Lodge where I was warmly received. For dinner last night, they advised my going to a nearby gambling casino that had a Tuesday Night Special. Prime Rib dinner with salad, cole slaw, and fries was advertised on the marque for $5.95. I ordered fish for $8.95 and with drink and tax the total came to $11.00 and change. Since it was 'Senior Tuesday' my bill was 50% off or about $6.00! Believe me, the heavy seniors were there to cash in on the deal! Afterwards I looked for a supermarket to pick up a few items. After driving about 5 miles on Las Vegas Ave. I gave up, couldn't find one. There must have been 25 casinos on that strip. I returned home to my RV and Googled Wal-mart for tomorrow.

This morning after coffee I decided to wash my RV before the sun got up. Since leaving FL on 5/31 I had only washed the rig twice and it was dirty. Job done by 0800. Tomorrow I will do laundry early to take care of that chore before heading into town to see the sights.

Posted by dixter 16:06 Archived in USA Tagged las vegas to trip

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