Seligman Arizona to Lake Minden California
March and April 2017
Route 66 and Seligman Arizona
Desert Diamond Distillery
At Escapade in Tucson, we signed up for Harvest Hosts. It is a service that matches RVers to farms, breweries, wineries and other businesses that let RVers lay-over for the night. Many of these are a bit off the beaten track and look like fun diversions while traveling. At the Fourth Street fair in Tucson, the oldest distillery in Arizona – Desert Diamond Distilleries – shared a bit of their product with me. I am typically not a rum person, but “if you like sippin’ bourbon, you will like Gold Miner Dark Rum”. With one sip that I could feel from my lips to my toes I knew it is a winer and a bottle slipped into my messenger bag!
Planning our route from the Verde Valley to California took us through Kingman Arizona. Checking Harvest Hosts guess what business is listed in Harvest Hosts? You guess it, Desert Diamond Distilleries! We arrived mid-afternoon after driving a bit of historic Route 66 and stopping at Seligman to buy T-shirts and enjoy a bit of snow.
Peggy Sue’s Diner
Yermo, California – April
We drive through a small stretch of Nevada after leaving Arizona where we made a quick side-trip so the dogs could swim in the Colorado river at Bull Head City. We drove through some beautiful desert country all through Arizona, Nevada and California especially this year after the desert received more rain than usual. Another Harvest Hosts business is Peggy Sue’s Diner in Yermo, California, where we stayed next.
We had a nice dinner in the diner and took the dogs for a walk through a brushy area next to Peggy Sue’s.
Mojave and the Nipton Trading Post
We missed the peak blossoms at the floor of the Mojave, however the weather was perfect and the desert is green. We traveled the back roads through Mojave and stopped at the Nipton Trading Post for pictures and a break.
Horse Creek Campground
Lake Kaweah, Lemon Cove, California
The drive up along Highway 65 going north from Bakersfield is magnificent this time of year with the wildflowers blooming and the Sierra mountains shining bright with fresh snow. Our next stop is just outside of Lemon Cove at the Army Corps of Engineers campsite at Lake Kaweah. The Horse Creek campground is only open from January to May. After May it is usually under water.
With our senior discount staying at the campground is a real steal.
Lake Minden Thousand Trails
A full post of Lake Minden is here.