Day 9

San Diego Travel Blog

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Erica did the majority of the driving today. We saw the Joshua Tree National Park which is where the Mojave Desert meets the Colorado Desert. This was a late addition to the agenda but it was really a great drive. The desert scenery was really cool and there are some cool rocks to climb, if you're into that sort of thing. Another late addition was the Salton Sea. It was a lovely site from the safety of the highway, BUT one should be warned... straying away from the recommended recreational areas should be avoided!!! From our vantage point on the beach, this place was disgusting. It smelled like rotting garbage and the beach was littered with decomposing fish carcasses. However, the drive away from this area en route to San Diego was quite a ride. The roads were so curvey and the grade was so steep that Erica had to drive at such a slow pace (less than 15 mph in some instances). At times we were peering off the edges of cliffs but the sites below were phenomenal. When we finally made it back to a major highway, we were only 40 miles northeast of San Diego. The crappy motel Erica found to stay at was impossible to find. We even stopped at the San Diego Tourist Information Center for help but they were closing and shoo-ed us right out the door. We eventually stumbled onto the place and got checked in. For future reference, if ever you are in need of finding either the San Diego Zoo or Sea World... give us a holla because we found those bitches from every direction possible during our adventure of looking for our motel.
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