20 Mule Team Borax

Remember 20 Mule Team Borax?  On our way to Sequoia National Forest we went through a little town of Boron, CA, and saw this mining operation off in the desert.  We found out that it really is where borax is mined.  
Borax Mine
In the 1880’s the 20 mule teams used to haul borax from a mine in Death Valley to a railroad junction near this place.  Then in 1925 a huge deposit of borax was found here near the town of Boron.  Mining here replaced borax mining in Death Valley.
20 Mule Team
So there you have it, everything you didn’t know you wanted to know about 20 Mule Team Borax.
Gas is going up!  And the tricky signing…the big prices are the “cash only” price… but look down at the little sign and you see the credit/debit card prices are quite a bit higher.
$4.15 cash price
$4.25 credit card price
There is an In-n-Out Burger joint behind us.  Since the press made a big deal about Barack Obama eating there, and we saw Rachel Ray make her version of it on her TV cooking show, we thought we should go have a burger and see what we’ve been missing.
In-n-Out is a California chain, with a few stores in Arizona, Utah, and Texas.  The menu is very simple:  hamburger, cheeseburger, or double-double, as well as fries and beverages, that’s it.  They make a big deal about quality and freshness, nothing ever thawed, zapped or kept warm, they don’t have any freezers, microwaves or heat lamps.  100% pure American beef, without additives.
In-n-Out Burger
We splurged and shared one $1.90 hamburger.
Hamburger
We drove about 200 miles today, stopping for the night in a Walmart parking lot in Bakersfield, CA.
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