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 …

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California Desert Adventures: Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch and Oro Grande.

Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch 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 …

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National Park Adventures: 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, it was now or never (obviously not really, but it’s much easier to visit while still in the state). Located in the Mojave Desert, it sits 20 minutes from the city of Joshua Tree, one …

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