Montezuma Castle National Monument: “It’s not a castle and Montezuma never lived there.”

"It’s not a castle and Montezuma never lived there,” declared the hilariously blunt opening line on the back of the magnet I bought at the gift shop. In fact, the “castle” was abandoned almost an entire century (some say 40 years) before the famous Aztec emperor was even born. It got its name when early …

Continue reading Montezuma Castle National Monument: “It’s not a castle and Montezuma never lived there.”

Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch: A California Desert Adventure.

Nestled in a back corner of the Mojave, about 15 minutes outside Victorville, sits an eccentric and creative “bottle tree ranch”. Mere feet from the iconic Route 66 Highway, aka “the Main Street of America” or “the Mother Road”, Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch is a sight to behold. You absolutely cannot miss it, even if you had no …

Continue reading Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch: A California Desert Adventure.

Joshua Tree National Park.

I have wanted to visit Joshua Tree National Park for about 3.5 years. Since my time in California is ending, I figured it was now or never. Located in the Mojave Desert, it sits 20 minutes from the city of Joshua Tree, one hour from Palm Springs, and only two minutes from Twenty-Nine Palms (depending …

Continue reading Joshua Tree National Park.