Yesterday, Mom found a listing for the World’s Largest Thermometer in Baker, California and decided we should go see it, as we have yet to do any “Largest” items in our travels. At 114 miles one way, it was going to be a 2 hour drive each way, so we got ready quickly and headed out.
What we were not expecting was that our drive would take us down the Joshua Tree Highway, which is Nevada State Route 164, which connects Searchlight, NV with Nipton, CA and I-15.
As many of y’all might be aware, Mom is a bit of a tree hugger, but these were not really huggable trees. But they did call to her. I was waiting for the Lorax to jump out and shoo us away as I took pictures.
The winds were blowing pretty hard, but these trees continued to stand still.
But time was ticking, so we had to hit the road. So we hopped back into Rover and continued on, over mountains and down into the mouth of Death Valley.
The world’s hottest temperature ever recorded was in Death Valley, in 1913 at 134 degrees Fahrenheit. Luckily for us, it was a mere 81 degrees that day. That is why the thermometer is 134 feet tall. Plus, that makes it the tallest thermometer in the world.
We stopped to have lunch nearby before once again pointing Rover to our Bullhead City AirBnB home.
Of course, Mom’s hippie soul required one more stop to see the Joshua trees on our way back.
While the thermometer was neat, the drive is what made the trip worthwhile. Two hours, three states and more differences in this great land of ours that we could see made this trip worth it. Going through the bustling downtowns of Bullhead City, AZ/Laughlin, NV through the arid stretches through Nevada into Eastern Southern California, and the hills and passes in between was a sight to behold.