Anthony's Wild West 2007 travel blog

Roy's Motel Route 66

Amboy Crater

Doesn't apply to mad dogs and English men

Fab American trains

Pioneertown

Joshua Tree Park entrance

Joshua trees, maned as they look like people raising their hands to...

Joshua Tree car park

On Hidden Valley trail

More Joshua Tree rockpiles


An early start, and a genuine Route 66 diner for breakfast, full of truckers and cowboy types. Then a drive along the old Route 66, this section mostly completely decrepit now, though it still has some character. I hiked up a volcanic cinder cone at Amboy, got a hair cut with a load of Marines at 29 Palms, and am now in a place called the Beatnik Cafe in Joshua Tree.

After internet updating with the Beatniks, I went to check out this place called Pioneertown where they used to film cowboy films, which was fun. And then the main event, I went off to spend a few hours in the Joshua Tree National Park, which was great, even better than I expected. Fabulous coloured and shaped rocks, a real mecca for climbers and I can see why. And the Joshua Trees themselves look pretty cool too.

First I drove up a mountain to overlook the Coachella Valley, a bit of Mexico, some of the San Andreas fault and all of Palm Springs. And then I did a hike in the 'Wonderland of Rocks' to a place called Hidden Valley where rustlers used to hide out. It was all very beautiful in the afternoon sun, Joshua Tree would be a great place to hang out for a few days, despite the incredible heat.



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