Wednesday, December 2, 2009

La Quinta CA to Tuscon AZ

Wednesday December 2, 2009
Trip Log: 3725 km

We left La Quinta this morning about 9:00, nice weather again, for the trip to Tuscon. We passed the Salton Sea first thing, a lake made famous by the fact that it is 235 feet below sea level. After leaving the Salton Sea behind, there is not too much exciting on this stretch of road. We decided to take a little longer and swing down towards the US/Mexican border so we could see the new fence/wall that the American government has built. In this area, it is a very tall, probably about 12 to 14 feet, steel post fence, no way to climb over it without a ladder. We saw lots of border patrol vehicles as well. The black line is the metal fence going along the border over the sand dunes.

Closer to Phoenix, we came across lots of these saguaro cactus, they look so stately standing in the desert. Little birds like making their nests inside the saguaro. The colours in the desert are very subdued at this time of year, lots of greys, browns and pale greens.  Every so often, we would come across a different colour of rock, red like the hillside below or black.

Tomorrow, we are off to Mexico, finally! Seems like it has taken us a long time to get this far, but we still have a long way to go to get to Ajijic and Lake Chapala. We may or may not have internet on the way down, so if you don't see any posts, don't worry about us, we'll just have to play catch up when we get to Ajijic.