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Apr 10, 2016 - Yermo, CA

On the road again. Waited for T-storms/rain to move out of Lake Havasu City then made about a 3 hour run to the Barstow/Calico/Yermo area and arrived at the KOA campground about 4pm. This is an overnight and tomorrow travel to Lone Pine, CA for another overnight. This is a change in route going home to Reno as some friends cannot meet us in Lodi, CA. More as we go.

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May 15, 2015 - Peggy Sue's Diner

Hit California this afternoon and our first stop was Peggy Sue's diner. We rolled in at lunch time and were transported back to the 50's. Music, meals, and shakes doesn't get any better than this. After our very healthy meal we hit Peggy Sue's gift shop. Everything you remembered as a kid is in the gift shop. If you are anywhere near Yermo this is a must see.

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Rolling Vacation

Nov 6, 2013 - From Utah, through Arizona, through Nevada to California

We left St. George, UT expecting a flat drive through the desert and were so pleasantly surprised! Of course, since the weather was so beautiful we really wouldn’t have cared if the scenery was less than spectacular as we didn’t have to deal with snow! But after the first half hour we started to climb and once again the rock formations were breathtaking. We were driving down I-15 towards Las Vegas, and shortly after you leave St. George you also leave Utah and drive for about 50 miles through Arizona and then into Nevada. We climbed...

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Aug 13, 2013 - Day 1 Yermo, CA

We finally got out of town! We were getting cabin fever waiting for our trip to start. I have added our itinerary to the journal this year. If you want to see when we will be where, just go to the home page, to the right of the title you will see a link that says Itinerary, everything is there. It was an uneventful day other than going from 63 degrees at home to 103 here in Yermo. We are hoping for it to cool down a bit, then we are going to test out the pool, hopefully it won't be like pea soup! No pictures today, as we have made this part...

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2013 Fall Colors

May 17, 2013 - Calico Ghost Town CG

Campground is in a canyon with some full hookups in which we lucked out on acquiring. We had site B2 which was 60' 50amp FHU back-in and definately one of the better ones. Lots of 4 wheelers and jeeps because CG is surrounded by off road trails. We went to the ghost town in which had stores and mine tours since this was a silver mining community back in the 1800's. Really awesome little tourist trap. We also took the Avalanche off roading of course.

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James Gypsy Journey

Oct 9, 2011 - Calico Ghost Town

We got up early to head out to Calico Ghost Town in Yermo, California. It was a two hour drive. We had lovely weather all day. Calico is in the desert, located by the side of King Mountain. From the Calico Ghost Town website "Calico is an old West mining town that has been around since 1881 during the largest silver strike in California. With its 500 mines, Calico produced over $20 million in silver ore over a 12-year span. When silver lost its value in the mid-1890's, Calico lost its population. The miner's packed up, loaded their mules...

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Yippee Tyo's!

Sep 1, 2010 - Calico Ghost Town

Well we did it… We got up early and didn’t spend as much time on the computer this morning so we could get an early start at the Calico Ghost Town… We arrived around 9:30 am after driving the whole three miles from the KOA to this delightful ghost town that has been brought back to life by the Knott’s family…. The same people that started Knott’s Berry Farm in the Los Angeles area. They re-created the Old West of the 1880’s the way it was during the times of the largest silver strike in California… Bill and I have been to several of these...

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Billandhelen/2010

Aug 7, 2010 - Las Vegas, NV - Yermo, CA

Not surprisingly, we slept in this morning. Didn't hear from Chris till almost 10!!! We had to be out by 11 so it was quick showers, back our buckets and bags and slipped a little more in the slots before we headed out to meet Deb and Bob. WE seem to like to donate. Packed up the camper, stopped for ice, and walked to the Venetian where Deb and Bob were staying. OMG it was sooooo hot. They were across from the Mirage and we could see that sign and thought "Oh, it's only a couple of blocks, we can walk it". It was a mirage.......it wasn't 2...

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May 10, 2009 - Yermo, California

We got up extra early today, at 5:30 (ugh), and were on the road by 7:45am. We had to make it through the Mojave Desert today (350+ miles). I was surprised at how misinformed I was about this desert. I expected there to be nothing but sand and hills. The ground is actually about 50% scrub bushes, about 10% palm trees, and about 5% joshua trees. I'd never seen a joshua tree before. They look like a palm tree on the bottom, and like a pineapple on top (spiked leaves). My blasted camera's battery died while I was trying to capture them....

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Apr 24, 2009 - Not all fun and games

Thursday, April 24th The winds continued to follow us across Arizona and California. Strong, but not like Wednesday. Locals tell us this is time of year for constant winds. We traveled equal miles in Arizona and California. Forgot to mention on Wednesday’s journal that we passed the Carlsbad Caverns. Brought back memories of the trip mother and I took via train to California. On our way back we stopped in El Paso and visited my brother George. One of the attractions he took us to was the Carlsbad Caverns. Also George took me to a bull...

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Apr 17, 2008 - Leah's Log: Calico Ghost Town

Today, we visited a real ghost town called Calico. About 120 years ago, there were prospectors here mining mostly silver. They called it Calico, because they said the surrounding mountains were, “as pretty as a gal’s calico skirt.” At its peak, Calico had 1,200 residents, 22 saloons, and a Chinatown. Over 50 mines were running during the “boom years,” and they pulled about 20 million dollars worth of precious metal out of the mines. But when the price of silver dropped, the town became a ghost town. Nine people actually live there today....

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