So the mister and I have been to Las Vegas a couple times now, and while it is usually a 3-4 hour drive from Los Angeles, it typically takes us 8 hours to get there because we stop at EVERYTHING along the way. You can read about our previous trips to Vegas here, here and here.
Our latest trip was last August and we decided to take the 14 freeway North out of Los Angeles towards Mojave and then cut across the 58 towards Barstow and the 15 which would take us into Vegas.We started out in Palmdale, driving through the desert to visit some movie filming locations. First up was the Kill Bill church at the intersection of 198th Street East and East Avenue G. We stopped in on a weekday, and there was a sermon in progress; however, the pastor invited us in to look around and was so friendly and nice. Next up were some remote filming locations south from the Kill Bill church along 145th Street East and at the intersection of Avenue Q. Then we stopped for some lunch at the Mojave Air and Space Port where you can eat at the Voyager Restaurant while watching the runways. The food was good, but I’m not going to lie, the place could use a good scrubbing. The desert is full of some amazing signage and a Barrel restaurant in Boron:The amazing part about the Barrel is that the family of one of my good friends owned it, and she worked there as a teenager (although she states it was “more like she was forced into free labor inside a big barrel in the middle of the scorching hot desert.”) Our next stop was the 20 Mule Team Borax Museum in Boron which explains all about Borax, the history of mining Borax in Boron, and gives a very good view of the huge hole in the ground. There are two museums, one is in the town of Boron, and the other is on the mining site – we chose the mining site because you can see the mining work, a huge tire, replica 20 Mule Team, and you get a pretty sweet postcard of borax samples.
After Boron, we were getting kind of hungry, so we stopped at Casa Jimenez in Barstow for some taxidermy with a side of Mexican food. The food was okay, but I’m not going to lie, it was a bit hard to eat it with all those animals staring at me, and again, the restaurant could use a cleaning.