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    Re: American Southwest in full Autumn

    This might help with your plans---
    LAX to St. George is 404 miles / 650 km
    Traffic in the LA basin is reliably congested and slow, but speeds up once you leave the city and when you cross the state line into Nevada the speed limit is faster.
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    Re: American Southwest in full Autumn

    What time are you arriving? LAX is on the west side of LA ... you will need to drive all the way through the LA Freeways to get out. It's been a while since I've navigated this, so someone else with better experience, please chime in here ... :-) Depending on time, you have 2 choices ... one is basically Interstate 10, either out to I15, or I10 to State Route 110 to I 210 to I15. The other is I405North from LAX, up to State Route 14, to State Route 58, east to I15. I405 North can be a nightmare, but might save you time in the long run. Can anyone else clarify?

    Also, as a place to stay the 1st night, Mesquite is 2 hours (?) north of Las Vegas with inexpensive lodging: the Casa Blanca, and Virgin River. Both are casino / motels: They're about 45 minutes south of St. George.

    http://casablancaresort.com/
    http://virginriver.com/

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    Re: American Southwest in full Autumn

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeH View Post
    What time are you arriving? LAX is on the west side of LA ... you will need to drive all the way through the LA Freeways to get out. It's been a while since I've navigated this, so someone else with better experience, please chime in here ... :-) Depending on time, you have 2 choices ... one is basically Interstate 10, either out to I15, or I10 to State Route 110 to I 210 to I15. The other is I405North from LAX, up to State Route 14, to State Route 58, east to I15. I405 North can be a nightmare, but might save you time in the long run. Can anyone else clarify?

    Also, as a place to stay the 1st night, Mesquite is 2 hours (?) north of Las Vegas with inexpensive lodging: the Casa Blanca, and Virgin River. Both are casino / motels: They're about 45 minutes south of St. George.

    http://casablancaresort.com/
    http://virginriver.com/
    Clean cheap rooms in the Las Vegas area generally come with additional daily resort fees, sometimes more costly than the price of the room.
    Filthy cheap rooms in Las Vegas tend to come with bed bugs.
    Exercise caution when reserving accommodations in Las Vegas.

    Whisky Pete's casino in Primm, on the CA/NV line is inexpensive and clean with no resort fees (the last time I was there) No flash like Vegas, but if you just want a place to recover from highway hypnosis for a few hours it's good.
    John Dillinger's shot up car is in the lobby.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Re: American Southwest in full Autumn

    I've stayed at the Virgin River. No resort fees. Basic but nice. The last time I stayed in Primm, Terribles Casino had bought them, and the room was very poor. I wouldn't stay there again. At one time, it was nice.

    Also, one nice thing about the Virgin River ... rooms open to the outside. You can park in front of your room, and, in 10 steps, have your photo gear in the room.

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    Re: American Southwest in full Autumn

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeH View Post
    I've stayed at the Virgin River. No resort fees. Basic but nice. The last time I stayed in Primm, Terribles Casino had bought them, and the room was very poor. I wouldn't stay there again. At one time, it was nice.

    Also, one nice thing about the Virgin River ... rooms open to the outside. You can park in front of your room, and, in 10 steps, have your photo gear in the room.
    Whisky Pete's was recently remodeled and my room was nice. There is little else going for it though.
    Being able to park near your room is sure nice---this can't be done at Whisky Pete's--that's a definite plus for Virgin River.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Re: American Southwest in full Autumn

    Thanks. That's good to know. There's a large Joshua Tree field between there and Searchlight that I need to re-visit, and it's good to know that I have an alternative to Searchlight. Anyone ever stayed at ... what-I think-is the only motel in Searchlight? Rumor has it that Harry Reid used to hang out in there?

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    Re: American Southwest in full Autumn

    Nipton is the little town(?) with the tee pee accommodations, IIRC, and a great Joshua tree forest is just East of there. The Nipton road goes right through it.
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    Re: American Southwest in full Autumn

    Bates Hotel?

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    Re: American Southwest in full Autumn

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    Bates Hotel?
    I think that's in Jean LOL!
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
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    Re: American Southwest in full Autumn

    Escalante gets my vote. This cottonwood was taken in Coyote Gulch, but I think it was mid-November. No, my significant other tells me it was the end of October.
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