Roadtrip to Las Vegas- Day 3

I am doing NaBloPoMo this month. 30 blog posts in 30 days. You can read more about it on San’s blog the in between is mine. #nablopomo2022

The last stretch of our Las Vegas travels lay ahead of us. It’s ~ 320 miles from our hotel and google maps said it would take 5 hours. I think with stops and everything it ended up being 7 hours – somehow those distances always seem theoretic and I learned from previous trips that you should always plan for some extra time.

I always feel like there is not much that much to see or nice places to stop on that stretch of the trip but we made do.

Elmer’s bottle Ranch entrance

Our first stop on the way was Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch about 2.5 hours in. Josh from California through My Lens wrote about it here. He also had quite a few other suggestions for stops along the way so we have more to see on upcoming trips. I read it’s a little unpredictable if the bottle tree place is open but I suppose we got lucky. It was pretty impressive what the guy did with bottles and other found things. You can freely wonder around between the bottle trees and it was a fun place to explore for sure.

Times gone by
All the bottles…

We had lunch at In-N-Out Burger in Barstow what was about the half way point. In theory we had plenty of time to get to our next stop before sunset but we hit some traffic after Barstow. We drove by the Seven Magic Mountains before but I really wanted to stop this time and get a little closer. It’s not really a detour when you drive to Las Vegas as the street just runs parallel to the highway. There was just the last bit of sun on the stone columns when we parked the car. We still had a look up close and saw the sun set over the mountains. It was a good end to the day.

Seven Magic Mountains
Sunset on the other side

We made it to our friends house safe and sound and picked up some dinner up from the Cheesecake Factory. It was so much fun to take a couple of extra days and now we have a couple of days here before we head back.

I know a couple of you mentioned that driving seemed safer then flying because of the pandemic and in some ways I agree. You have more control of how close you get to people but then you also are at more places. We tried our best like we always do. Fingers crossed all goes well.

My friend mentioned that we should go grocery shopping for Thanksgiving today. Have you been shopping for the holiday yet if you celebrate? It always feels like everyone thinks that the stores will be closed for a week but then it is just that single day if that at all.

Good Night

18 thoughts on “Roadtrip to Las Vegas- Day 3”

  1. Those bottle trees are so cool!
    On Prince Edward Island (a neighbouring province to where I live in Nova Scotia) they have bottle houses. They are so pretty! I attended a wedding once where they took their pictures at the bottle houses; it’s incredible what can be done with recycled materials.

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    1. I had to look up the houses and they are so cool. I would like to visit that area sometime. I have seen a bottle house in one of the ghost towns before. And yes, agreed it’s pretty incredible what you can do.


  2. I haven’t been out west in so long and I really want to go. On a related note, it’s been way too long since I’ve had In-N-Out.

    I know that flying is safer than driving BUT it’s also very frustrating. My rule of thumb is that if it’s less than 8 hours I’d rather drive.

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  3. Yay, you made it .I literally have never stopped anywhere on that stretch of Highway (other than In’n’Out LOL)… but those stone pillars are cool and I’ve never heard of the Bottle Branch. You definitely did your research! 🙂

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  4. Oh, this looks so cool! It’s fun to see a completely different part of the country. I love the bottle ranch and that sunset.
    It’s probably not a bad idea to do your THanksgiving shopping today, just to get it over with, but yes.. the stores will still be open tomorrow and Wednesday. There’s even a grocery store here that’s open on Thanksgiving Day- they open at 7 am and I feel really sorry for the people who work there!

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    1. Hopefully they find employees who don’t miss too much family time when they work but it’s still unfair. In Germany stores are closed on Sundays and I never understood why it’s so important to have the stores open all year round. It just requires a bit more planning.


  5. I love seeing some quirky things when travelling. We have a similar thing to the bottle place in Coober Pedy (Outback Australia) where the owner has built a whole heap of things (and some of his house if I remember correctly) with found objects.

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  6. You guys found some really cool sights to enjoy on your way to Las Vegas. Seven Magic Mountains looks so pretty!

    I try to get my shopping done early when I know the store is going to be closed for the holiday. Even though it’s just one day, it seems like the few days leading up to the holiday are SO busy and the last place I want to be right now is a packed grocery store.

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  7. I’ve heard of but never seen a picture of the bottle tree ranch – so cool what one can do with found items! Glad you took the time to break up the trip – it would be endless without those breaths of (literal) fresh air.


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