Hiking, camping and 4WD in the Mojave Desert, Death Valley and Eastern Sierra

These days I'm driving a Toyota FJ Cruiser on desert dirt roads instead of the 10-ton bicycle of all those years past–and then hiking from there. Things change!

First stop as I arrive at the Mojave National Preserve area: Royal Hawaiian Motel, Baker, California

0025-royal-hawaiian.jpg On the way to the Mojave Desert from San José, one drives through Bakersfield, then over Tehachapi Pass, coming up ahead Thumbnails Lots of broken windows at the old Royal Hawaiian Motel, Baker, California On the way to the Mojave Desert from San José, one drives through Bakersfield, then over Tehachapi Pass, coming up ahead Thumbnails Lots of broken windows at the old Royal Hawaiian Motel, Baker, California On the way to the Mojave Desert from San José, one drives through Bakersfield, then over Tehachapi Pass, coming up ahead Thumbnails Lots of broken windows at the old Royal Hawaiian Motel, Baker, California On the way to the Mojave Desert from San José, one drives through Bakersfield, then over Tehachapi Pass, coming up ahead Thumbnails Lots of broken windows at the old Royal Hawaiian Motel, Baker, California On the way to the Mojave Desert from San José, one drives through Bakersfield, then over Tehachapi Pass, coming up ahead Thumbnails Lots of broken windows at the old Royal Hawaiian Motel, Baker, California

I've just arrived at Baker, CA, and I stop by to see the current state of the old Royal Hawaiian Motel, which is now abandoned and for sale. I overnighted at this motel many times during my previous trips out here.