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Route 66: Day 5 – Mojave Desert

Goal: Pasadena, CA We made our way to Pasadena on the Fourth of July. The temperature as we drove through the seemingly endless Mojave Desert exceeded 112 degrees Fahrenheit. It kind of speaks to our mood and how much energy we had at this point, that none of us took pictures on the road this day. I have looked through each of our cameras (including the kids' cameras). There is not even a back-seat selfie featuring a backdrop of the desert.

Goal: Pasadena, CA

We made our way to Pasadena on the Fourth of July. The temperature as we drove through the seemingly endless Mojave Desert exceeded 112 degrees Fahrenheit.

It kind of speaks to our mood and how much energy we had at this point, that none of us took pictures on the road this day. I have looked through each of our cameras (including the kids’ cameras). There is not even a back-seat selfie featuring a backdrop of the desert.

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404 Error, No pictures found for this leg of our journey

Also, when it comes to staying true to following the Mother Road, we kind of fell short a bit this day. There is a stretch in Arizona where Route 66 takes a steep path northward. I have to say we did not follow the road at this point. Unfortunately, we missed a planned stop in Oatman, AZ, where there is an old west town and wild burros that you can feed in the street. But we were more concerned with making it to our destination safely and early enough to be able to enjoy the Fourth of July. And keeping in mind that Route 66 is all about the freedom of the open road and the freedom to explore the country (see Epic Route 66), we made our decision to push through the desert to our destination.

Important footnote: WHEN TRAVELING THROUGH A DESERT IN AMERICA, MAKE SURE CHILDREN UNDERSTAND THAT THEY WILL NOT SEE ANY CAMELS! My daughter was disappointed that there were no camels in the Mojave Desert.

Important travel tip: Make sure to gas up your car when the opportunity is there. Gas stations are few and far between on this leg of the journey.

Another important travel tip: Make sure to feed yourself and your family when the opportunity is there. Restaurants are few and far between on this leg of the journey.

Route 66 Saga Motor Hotel Pasadena
Pool at the Saga Motor Hotel, Pasadena, CA

We pulled into our motel (the HIGHLY recommended Saga Motor Hotel – see Preparing Adults for an Epic Family Trip) early in the evening, with big plans to experience the Fourth of July fireworks from the Rose Bowl celebration. After a quick dip in the pool, however, we retired to our beds, ordered a pizza (from the delicious Pizza Press located next door to the motel), and enjoyed watching the fireworks on TV. Needless to say, we were all exhausted and slept well that night.

Day 5 Goal: Accomplished

Janette DeFelice, MD, MA is a writer currently focusing on how the changing environment affects our health. Her essay collection Resistance Essays from the Heartland and her new novel Delia Rising: A Ballet in Three Acts are both available now. She has also published at Be The Change Mom, ChicagoNow, and Medium.com. She holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Chicago Medical School and a Master’s degree in Humanities from the University of Chicago, where her major essay was Hegel and Ibsen: The Evolution of Consciousness in Ibsen’s Prose Play Cycle. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Indiana University. A former professional dancer, former adjunct Humanities professor, and former lecturer in Medical Clinical Skills, as well as a mom of 9-year-old twins, she currently finds herself at a career/life crossroads at which she is trying to figure out how to use all aspects of herself (her art, her medical and scientific knowledge, her philosophical explorations, her interest in popular culture as a teaching tool, and her unique perspective) for the good of humanity.

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