Bakersfield to Bullhead City
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ă€€ On the road again
David and I were up late as usualâ€¦. The internet connection at the hotel kept cutting out over and over. I wrote and rewrote the blog then erased it over and over. I counted six timesâ€¦David kept telling me he would have given up the first timeâ€¦ Finally I got smart and wrote it on the word processor and cut and pasted it. I got it added around 1 AM. David didnâ€™t watch any sci-fi movies about invisible alien lizards eating homosapiens so he was ready for bed then too.
We ate breakfast at the motel. It had a fairly large spread although there were no hot foods. It had muffins, sweet rolls, oranges, apples, 3 kind of cereals, English muffins, toaster waffles, bread, boiled eggs, orange juice, coffee and tea. Helen showed up after we ate but David had gotten a muffin and orange juice for her.
We began the long drive to Bullhead City. It is an incredibly tedious drive through the desert. We pulled into old Boron and went to Bettyâ€™s Pizzaâ€¦ Inside we found it had been sold and was now Chuckâ€™s Pizza. I ordered a small personal Hawaiian pizza and some jalapeĂ±o bacon bread sticks. It was really very good.... especially the breadsticks....
We loved the pizza parlor: it's always great to go into a place that has pride in their community.
The visitor center was located up a long dusty road. The first thing we saw was a replica of the 20 mule team pulling one of the original wagons. The wagon was really sturdy ... When the mules were hauling the boron they never lost a wagon or a mule. Considering the rough terrain and extreme temperatures this is very impressive.
One of the immense tires was in the yard. These tires are twelve feet high and cost about $20,000 each. A very friendly and very enthused man met us at the door. He was very excited about the Borax museum and told us a few things at the door to start our tour. He handed all of us cards that had actual stones on them.. ..
The museum showed how the borax was mined and processed in the past. It was in a regular closed mine and it was hauled by a team of twenty mules across the desert to the distribution points. Later they changed it to a pit mine .... easier to mine without having to build and maintain the tunnels. The museum showed quite a few of the rocks and crystals of the area. They had replicas of the borax purifiers and crushers.
They also had displays that showed what borax is used for. The uses are amazing: Soap, wall board, detergent, fertilizer, medicine, lens cleaner, fiberglass, shaving cream, copper wire, charcoal briquets, chrome processing, face cleansers, cosmetics and nylons to name a few.
We watched a ten minute movie showing the historial and present use of borax. After the movie they opened the back curtain to show us the open pit of the mining.... It was huge. We could see what looked like tiny trucks across the hole. The man told us the tires are twelve feet high and cost $20,000 each and there are 6 on each vehicle.
Finally we loaded into the van and traveled the final hours to Bullhead city.... the trip between Bakersfield and Bullhead city is flat boring desert and we were happy to arrive at our destination.