In part two of our road trip we visited Calico Ghost town. I didn’t know much about this place until we got there and it’s an old West mining town that has been around since 1881 during the largest silver strike in California. When silver lost its value in the mid-1890’s, Calico lost its population. The miners packed up and moved away abandoning the town. It became a “ghost town.” Now turned into a park that offers an opportunity to share in the rich history as well as the natural beautiful surrounding desert. We walked past kids mining for silver, we saw a rain ride, plus I got complemented by a woman who worked there – Its no my favourite place!
We didn’t realise we could have stopped here for lunch and had already stopped at Peggy Sue’s. I would still highly recommend Peggy Sue’s but if you have small kids this could be a better option to stop here. It was great to stretch our legs after a long drive, get out and explore. Word of warning if you visit in the summer months I’d recommend a hat, sunblock & a bottle of water. I was really pleased I had my hat with me as it was hot out here!
Back in the car seeking shelter with he AC blasting we headed to the Zzyzx Road. Now I didn’t really know what to expect for this one, it was totally Dave’s choice to stop here. I am however thrilled he convinced me to stop, not only did I allow me to get the perfect middle of the road instagram shot I’ve been longing to get ever since first planning this trip. It also lead to this incredibly beautiful watering hole surround by palm trees and the Mojave desert as a back drop. Yes, that’s right this insanely oasis is at the end of the Zzyzx road. As I wanted to know more about this place I looked it up on google when we got back. Originally this was a popular stop for Indians explorers. Then in 1944, LA radio evangelist Curtis H. Springer decided to make the mineral springs a health resort. As a gimmick to be the last listing in any directory, he and is wife ended up naming it the “Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Resort” as it’s “the last word in health” and the last word in the English language – this explains its peculiar name! I didn’t get any snaps but there were buildings to the side of the oasis and hardly anyone around. It was like a very well kept ghost town, it’s a shame its no longer in use as this would make a really great place to break up journeys and stay over. Imagine the stars you’d be able to see without any light pollution from any towns. it’s literally in the middle of the Mojave Desert with nothing around for miles!
This might just be my favourite stop of the day! My next post is my second favourite, the Seven magic Mountains. Check back later this week for my second favourite and very instagramable location.
Photos – Dave
If you would like to follow in our footsteps (tire tracks) Dave has made a google maps link with all the stops mentioned in this post.