Day Trip to the High Desert
Wondering what you can do for a day trip on April Fool’s Day in Southern California’s high desert this year? Consider a visit to the California Institute of Earth Architecture in Hesperia. Attend a SuperAdobe open house.
What is a SuperAdobe?
The SuperAdobe is a type of building with the use of sandbags and barbed wire. The dome’s architecture is strong enough to withstand an earthquake.
CalEarth’s SuperAdobe site (calearth.org/visit.will be open at 10:00 am on April 1, 2017. No reservation is needed. A free site tour and lecture are available – and even a potluck lunch. Find out more at
High Desert Route 66 Bottle Tree Ranch
When is the last time you went for a day trip of antique shopping and sightseeing out on High Desert Route 66?
If you’ve never stopped by Elmer Long’s Bottle Tree Ranch, it’s one of the most unique and fun sites to visit.
Go early on your Route 66 trip and drive past the Bottle Tree Ranch to Molly Brown’s Country Cafe for an omelet breakfast. Don’t like eggs? No problem. Request an Eggless Veggie Omelet. It’s not on the menu, but you can tell them to add all the vegetables they normally serve with omelets – just leave the egg out. Very delicious!
Antique Shopping Day Trip on High Desert Route 66
Stop and shop in Oro Grande for vintage treasures after you leave the Bottle Tree Ranch. You’ll find antiques galore in fun shops like these stores:
There is a row of antique shops in Oro Grande and the Cross Eyed Cow Pizza, a great pizza and sandwich place.
You can actually spend the whole day devoted to vintage shopping in Oro Grande and eating lunch while you’re there.
Of course, you may not have time to fit in the SuperAdobe visit, The Bottle Tree Ranch, and Oro Grande shopping all in one day. Since CalEarth’s event can take up a great part of the day, take your time to enjoy it. You’ll have the Route 66 sites to look forward to on your next High Desert day trip.