March 19, 2012 Hurrah for Roger and the trip across the desert

The tournament could not have ended better for us. Although the weather turned rainy and cold on Saturday and Sunday,

It was so cold. I think I am wearing everything I brought with me.

play was completed and Roger Federer was the champion over John Isner.
Roger Federer wins the BNP Paribas Open!

We had a wonderful time watching Federer play over this past week. Although we probably won’t come to Indian Wells again due to a downgrading of the package we bought, we will search out some new tournament to go and watch next year. Maybe Montreal?

Bright and early Monday morning we start out through the desert. We have decided to take an unconventional route to St. George. We did some of this last year but this year we are including a ride through Joshua Tree National Park. I think our journey is best told through pictures…

Here's John with Clark and Lewis at the southern entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.

the aforementioned Joshua tree

But there's not just Joshua trees. Here's John by a giant blooming ocotillo.
Leaving the park, we see the Amboy Crater in the distance.

Our progress is stopped by one of the many long trains crossing the desert.
At Amboy, we turn right onto Route 66.

Before continuing on, a picture of John by the Juan Pollo cart is a must.

After about 45 minutes, we reach Kelso and the beautiful mission style train station.

Inside the station there are interesting exhibits.

Next we traverse the Mojave National Preserve and then on to I-15 for the rest of the journey to St. George.

Although the weather looks sunny and bright out the right-side window,

on the left the sky is threatening.

As we head towards Mesquite, NV, it looks like we will be in for it soon.

Luckily, though, most of the rain evaporates before it hits the ground. We reach St. George in good time and are happy to be in our home away from home.

It looks like some Canadian geese have made our backyard their new home.

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