California, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon - April 2003
Another of my regular visits to Palm Springs, this time taking in Joshua Tree, the Mojave National Preserve, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon!
Palm Springs, as almost
Amboy apparently makes
most of it's money from people that use Amboy's 50's look for photographs
and movies, the cafe has lots of signed portraits of famous actors.
However, the guy we spoke to in the cafe was VERY strange, not only had he
been 'spying' on Laurie with binoculars before I arrived, but kicked up the
most amazing fuss when we wanted to take a couple of photos of the 'Roy's
Another poor British couple stopped off for a coffee and were given no end of grief when they wanted to use the restrooms, that were worse than many campsite facilities I've seen! If you want to use a restroom when passing though Amboy, I suggest driving to the crater and using the facilities there. A far more pleasant experience.
I've been told that Amboy is up for sale, and to be honest I'm not surprised!
A little south of Amboy is Joshua Tree National Park, a fantastic place to spend some time. You do have to pay to travel through it, but the scenery and wildlife are extraordinary. Not only are there some amazing rock formations, there are of course the Joshua Trees, Yuccas, jackrabbits, roadrunners, coyotes and more! A great site to find out more about Joshua Tree National Park is www.joshua.tree.national-park.com
Heading north from Amboy towards Las Vegas you find yourself deep in the Mojave National Preserve, surrounded by more strange rock formations and Joshua Trees. But its not such a very long time before you reach the interstate and soon Las Vegas is upon you.
On this trip I did something I've wanted to do for a long time, visit the Grand Canyon in a helicopter. I had been to the Grand Canyon once before in a light aircraft, but lets just say the experience wasn't totally pleasant as the thermals make for an extremely bumpy ride!
I took the Golden Eagle
Papillon Helicopters, a friendly company
that really makes you feel welcome.