On the last day of our Las Vegas adventure, the mister and I woke up, checked out of the hotel, and started what should have been a 4 hour drive home to Los Angeles.
But we stopped … A LOT … along the way!
Our first stop was in Baker. We were looking for some place to eat. A place which looked open, was not fast food, and a bit more substantial than Alien Fresh Jerky. Unfortunately, the only restaurant in Baker that came close to this description was the Bun Boy and I vetoed it. Instead, the mister stocked up on some beef jerky and I grabbed some corn nuts. (Side note: corn nuts should be the official road trip food. I almost had a breakdown in the store because I couldn’t find them. They were on the backside of the chip rack. It was as if they put baby in a corner.)
But let’s talk a little more about the Alien Fresh Jerky place. It was packed! The beef jerky cost $8 a bag. There is a car outside with three aliens in it, who move their heads! Whatever this place is doing, they are doing something right. That, or there just isn’t any place else open in Baker.
Oh, and Baker is home to the world’s tallest thermometer.
It is 134 feet tall, in commemoration of the hottest day on record in Death Valley, 134 degrees on July 10th, 1913, which is currently the hottest temperature ever recorded in the world. According to Wikipedia, the thermometer has not worked since 2012, and it’s for sale. Sad. But I think it’s pretty telling of the entire town. A lot of places seemed closed down for good, including Arne’s Royal Hawaiian Gardens, where all of the doors were open and there was graffiti all over the walls:
So we pressed on towards Yermo, back to Peggy Sue’s Diner, the bookends of the trip.
But before we could get there, I just HAD to stop and take some photos of some abandoned houses, tire shops, and water parks (YES, WATER PARKS) along the way:
And just before we got to Peggy Sue’s, we saw The Burger Den, which is the original location of Del Taco:
We’re planning on going back to Las Vegas soon. We would like to check out the new Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson show, ONE, as well as a few other restaurants, maybe some hiking at Red Rock Canyon (NOT in the summer), and to visit the Borax Twenty Mule Team Museum and Visitor’s Center in Boron.
Where is your favorite road trip?