Desert Road Trip Day Two: Doomsday, Dinosaurs, and Abandoned Houses

The Mojave Desert road trip continues, featuring exciting remodeling tips, a doomsday sale, dinosaurs, Thai food, and the abandoned houses of Wonder Valley.

Friday, April 3, 2015

10:00 a.m. - The bathroom door remodel at the Mojave Desert Inn was simple, but effective.

10:30 a.m. - We drove down the alleyway from the motel, and photographed the abandoned Mojave Apartments with their wonderful wooden sign.

11:00 a.m. - Breakfast at Stoken Donuts in Mojave.

Breakfast at Stoken Donuts in Mojave #theta360 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

11:30 a.m. - We did some shopping during the 2nd Annual Dooms Day Sale at Bob's Army Navy Store.

12:30 p.m. - The Hilltop House in Apple Valley has a fascinating history. I plan to visit this location the next time I'm in the area.

Hilltop House - Photo by Maynard L. Parker

1:00 p.m. - I've always wanted to visit the concrete dinosaurs in Apple Valley. Cool spot! The neighbors didn't seem bothered with our daytime shooting, but I could see how the lights and dogs could be a problem for night photography. I also shot some 360 pole panoramas that I still need to process.

4:00 p.m. - The quiet, AirBNB spot where we stayed in Yucca Valley was wonderful. And I'm not just saying that because of the lenticular squirrel wall art.

6:00 p.m. - We met up with our friend and recent Joshua Tree transplant David Dasinger for some thai food at Royal Siam. The $12.95 dinner special is a good deal.

8:00 p.m. - Mr. Dasinger kindly took us on a tour of some abandoned houses out in Wonder Valley. David has been exploring these jackrabbit homesteads since moving to J Tree last fall.

Below are the 3 best images that I shot during our Wonder Valley tour:

Stay tuned for part 3 of this adventure, featuring Borrego Springs, the Salton Sea, and Joshua Tree.