High Desert Camping

Twentynine Palms Resort

After the second leg (of three) on our return home, we find ourselves in Twentynine Palms in the Mojave, CA high desert. Today was an interesting drive which, in part, took us both to areas of the high desert where we had yet to see, to wit: Lucerne and Johnson Valleys. It is quite the scenic drive with desolate areas, giant rock formations and the usual desert flora and fauna.

The campground here is at elevation 1730 MSL according to the GPS. We are experiencing warmer weather than that we had in Northern California, where fall has definitely become quite brisk. Here, the temperatures are forecast for between lows of high fifties and highs of low eighties. We expect much of the same when we arrive home tomorrow.

Our drive tomorrow will be through the rest of the California Outback, across the Colorado river at Earp, CA/Parker, AZ and continuing through the Arizona Outback the rest of the way home. Weather and traffic are not expected to be factors during the last leg home.


  1. drjim said,

    December 1, 2017 @ 21:02:34

    What kind of range do you get in the new rig? I think you said you were happy with the fuel economy, but I’ll bet that big guy carries 100 gallons of fuel!

  2. CapnBob said,

    December 1, 2017 @ 21:37:29

    The tank capacity is 90 gallons of diesel. We are averaging 9.5 MPG so the range is in excess of 850 miles. However, we tend to refuel when we are less than ½ tank or between 450 and 550 miles.

  3. drjim said,

    December 2, 2017 @ 11:11:04

    Sounds like you refuel the way I do….right at the limit of “Bladder Range”!

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