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Jan 29, 2015 - Last day in the desert

Choosing to stay in this area for a few days, I had envisioned reading a good book on a chaise while the desert sun warmed my soul and added color to my winter face. Yesterday was sunny - briefly - but today has been another dreary and chilly day. The town gifted me with too many of their rare non-sunshine-all-day days. But it has been a good stay. The air is so fresh and clean and it just feels good to walk the sand. With few neighbors, it has almost been a private retreat. I did sneak out last night and treated myself to American Sniper...

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Jan 27, 2015 - Joshua Tree National Park

The day began with a thick fog which cancelled any morning scenic rides I had hoped to take. It was 1:00 p.m. before the sun finally emerged and then it fought with gloomy clouds the rest of the day. I got to Joshua Tree National Park, though, and was able to get some good shots and see more dare devils. In 2010 when I was last there, I had captured some great shots of rock climbers. Today I got some who had already reached the top...and well, one dare devil I surely didn't expect. On this visit, I did not drive all the way to the west...

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Jan 25, 2015 - To Joshua Tree and Special Friends

I left an hour earlier than I thought I did. Well, not really, but as soon as I drove south a few miles, turned right and crossed the Colorado River, I was in California and back on Pacific Time. Magic! Just like that. Cross the river - gain an hour. Which was great. It was a beautiful ride through the desert today and my destination was no different. My RV park is almost 5 miles off Hwy 62 on a lonely country road in Joshua Tree and I love it. The park is nearly empty and they let me choose my spot. I'm in the back, bordering the desert...

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May 15, 2013 - Joshua Tree, CA - Joshua Tree Lake RV and Campground

It was a fairly easy 165 mile drive from Quartzsite, AZ to Joshua Tree, CA. We did top off the Mothership at exit 1 of AZ at a Flying J for 3.57/gallon, about 50-60 cents/gallon less than CA prices. Once we turned north on CA 177 from I-10, we saw the last of interstate highways for a while. The drive north on CA 177 and then west on CA 62 was skirting the edges of Joshua Tree National Park. We are staying at Joshua Tree Lake RV and Campground, about three miles east and 5 miles north of Joshua Tree, the community. We have 50 amps and water...

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Jan 19, 2011 - Joshua Tree National Park

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Had a couple of super nice days at Joshua Tree National Park. We had been in the park a couple years ago but it was mostly a driving tour. The park is desert with (surprise) a lot of Joshua Trees. These “trees” look a lot like deformed palm trees. But mostly the park is known for climbing. Apparently rock climbers come from all over the world to climb on all the rocks. What makes it so popular, besides all the neat rock formations, is monzogranite. Never heard of it? Me neither. It looks like sandstone but has...

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Jan 15, 2011 - Turned another corner

Saturday, January 15, 2011 Hey Ya’ll. We made it! We finally made it. I was outside in a tee shirt today. The air is clean, the sky is blue. Aaaahhhhh, the desert. Now, I know that when we left Arizona last year I said I was sick of the desert and sick of cactus. Well I guess I was only partially sick of it. Looks pretty good to me right now. We left our quaint CG near Coarsegold on Thursday morning in light overcast conditions. I drove the last of that miserable road that had no shoulders, too many curves and way too many people trying to...

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Oct 31, 2008 - A Hallowe'en Nightmare

Friday 31st October Today was a driving day - I intended to visit the Mojave National Preserve - only to find out that it's really just a name for a large chunk of desert. That's code for "there's sod all to see". So I continued on to the town of Amboy - home to the Amboy Crater and lava field. Like Sunset Crater, Amboy is a young (c. 500 yrs old) cinder cone volcano - but an almost perfect crater cone. It was interesting to see and photograph the crater and the lava field, but the 95 degree desert temperatures soon had me scurrying back to...

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