Desert Center, CA

From Prescott, AZ, we needed a place to stop in order to break up the drive that would get us to Southern California.  The Lake Tamarisk Desert Resort in Desert Center fulfilled that requirement.

Lake Tamarisk Desert Resort

Desert Center, located approximately halfway between Phoenix and Los Angeles, has a colorful history.  It was founded in 1921 by Stephen A. Ragsdale, also know as “Desert Steve”.  He and his wife began with a simple shack and provided vehicle repair, fuel and refreshments to travelers.  Desert Center offered the only such services for 50 miles in either direction.  Today, there is not much left in Desert Center.  However, there is a small golf and retirement community centered around a nice lake.  We spent two nights at Lake Tamarisk Desert Resort before continuing our drive west.

Next stop:  Sylmar, CA

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Prescott, AZ

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We’ve been wanting to visit Prescott but we now had additional incentive.  Earlier this year, our friends Tim and Dinah sold their home in Torrance and moved to Prescott, so this stop allowed us to visit with them and to see Prescott.  Tim and Dinah showed us their new town and took us to see many of the great sights around the Prescott area.  We parked the motorhome at Orchard Ranch Resort.

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