We woke up this morning to beautiful blue skies at the Holiday Inn Express in Tehachapi, CA. A brand new hotel, our room and bathroom were huge and immaculate, the beds comfy, and there was a buffet breakfast included. A nice surprise since we pulled in at 10:00 pm! The breakfast buffet had the usual fare: hard boiled eggs, muffins, cereal, juices, fruit, and this pancake machine.
I had never seen one before so I had to share it with you. It claimed to make a pancake in 45 seconds! So I toasted my English muffin, got some juice and coffee, and waited for someone to come along who wanted a pancake for breakfast so I could see how it worked. A beautiful young girl, about ten years old, with big brown eyes and thick curly hair came in and pushed the button. I asked her if it was ok if I took a picture of her pancake. She replied, "No English". So I said, "Espanol?" and she said "French". And then the first pancake came out!
I told her I spoke a little French and we had a short conversation, the second pancake came out and we said, "Au Revoir!" Who would have thought I would meet a little French girl at Holiday Inn in the desert? But the machine was pretty cool - I thought about all the pancakes I made while the boys were young and how convenient this machine would have been!
So we got back on the road and headed across the desert . . .
We saw a windmill farm and more desert . . .
I was getting worried as the closest thing I saw to shabby chic was this shabby Joshua Tree in a small town named Bodon. Evidently, Bodon is the birthplace of Borax - you know, the cousin to Comet, the powder cleanser?! Now you KNOW there wasn't much out in the desert since I'm blogging about Borax!!
And, if you are really inspired you can visit the Borax Museum to learn all about Borax! I thought about going in - maybe they had a gift shop?! Mike and I decided we wanted to spend our time learning about something else so we continued on down the road.
This was my favorite view - you could see the Colorado River, complete with ski boats and vacationers, and the rocky hills, through this arch.
I know it is famous for its German food but I had a refreshing Grilled Chicken Salad that was fresh grilled with a great blend of spices, that did NOT come from Costco! Mike had one of the three nightly 'specials' a Mexican food plate he enjoyed as well. The diner was full when we left at 9 pm! I recommend a stop there is you are ever in the area! We got to Flagstaff at exactly 10 pm - wearing a full day of 118 degree sweat and road grease. We took our showers, and Mike retired. I plan on doing the same as soon as I am done with this post! Albuquerque or bust tomorrow!