We arrived back in Las Angeles this morning around 5:30. We had to wait a few hours to get off the ship, they had a long line in customs. After customs we got our luggage and headed home with a side trip to visit the Joshua Tree National Park. We have driven very close to this park many times and were in a hurry and didn’t stop. It was about a 60 mile side trip to see it, but it was worth it. We have seen a lot of the National Parks in 2013 and we plan to continue the same for 2014.
Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California. Declared a U.S. National Park in 1994 when the U.S. Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act, it had previously been a U.S. National Monument since 1936. It is named for the Joshua trees native to the park. It covers a land area of 790,636 acres – an area slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island. A large part of the park, some 429,690 acres, is a designated wilderness area. Straddling the San Bernardino County/Riverside County border, the park includes parts of two deserts, each an ecosystem whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation: the higher Mojave Desert and lower Colorado Desert. The Little San Bernardino Mountains run through the southwest edge of the park.
We enjoyed our drive though the park much. Check back later for more from California.