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Apr 29, 2013 - Joshua Tree National Park

We are leaving the west coast and will soon leave California. We are ultimately headed to St Louis, Missouri, to travel the Lewis and Clark route to Oregon. There are some stops along the way and we plan to see a few national parks. Joshua Tree National Park is a small park in the Mojave Desert in Southern California and it is HOT! This is the Mojave Desert. When we got here at 1:30 it was 104, but it wasn’t too bad in the shade. We tried to relax with fans but after 2 hours we gave up and turned on the air conditioning. It began to be...

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Mar 5, 2013 - A full day at Joshua Tree National Park????

Hi all...Mike here (again!). I guess no news is good news. It's almost 8 pm on Tuesday evening 05 March and I haven't heard from the "Chix" today, so I take that as a good omen and feel they are having fun at Joshua Tree. I've included a pic from there I took from the net. I think their plan was to leave Joshua Tree NP Wednesday and drive to Judy's in Los Angeles which is only a few hour's away. As always, if that changes, I will amend this entry and send a new update. Best to all...m

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Mar 4, 2013 - Joshua Tree National Park

Hello all, Mike here. I spoke with them late yesterday afternoon Eastern time and they were well on their way to Joshua Tree National Park. I don't think there is phone and internet reception there so that is why there is no update from them. So they made it to California!! Remember...they are Pacific time now, 3 hours behind Eastern. I expect they will spend the day there (Tuesday 05 March), and then head for Emily's sister's house in Los Angeles Wednesday (06 March). I'll update this if I hear any different.

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Feb 25, 2013 - Joshua Tree NP

It's hard to believe, but it's been 35 years since we visited Joshua Tree National Park. However, I still have vivid memories of this special place. The landscape looked like it belonged on another planet. The trees were an extraterrestrial combination of normal tree trunk topped with yucca. People were climbing the rock formations. Those memories still hold true. But the park has doubled in size thanks to a Clinton administration land acquisition. We were surprised how many other people were enjoying this remote spot with us today. Many of...

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Feb 11, 2013 - Joshua Tree, day 3

Day 29 (am temp 36) Joshua Tree, Day 3 If it weren’t for all the pictures yesterday, I would have combined these past two days, but rather than bore you with a whole lot of pictures on one day, I decided to bore you with a whole lot of pictures on two days! Lucky you! Snow! Who would have thought! Up here at over 4,000 feet, I guess anything can happen overnight. Just another day – or night - in the desert! I’m glad I did what I did yesterday, ‘cause today is a very different day. Cold, windy. And especially so at the mine, where the...

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Feb 10, 2013 - Joshua Tree, day 2

Day 28 (am temp 38) Joshua Tree, Day 2 This has nothing to do with the park, but I’ve observed this whole area is nothing but sand or pulverized stone. There is not a single lawn. No grass, except for a small park with the Library on one end and the Police Dept on the other. Otherwise, the area is very stark, very brown and very, um, I’ll say this gently, inhospitable. The town of Twentynine Palms supports the nearby Marine base, which, as I had overheard, is one of the largest – if not THE largest – Marine base in the country. As I’m...

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Feb 9, 2013 - Joshua Tree Nat'l. P.

Day 27 (am temp 33.8) Joshua Tree Nat’l Park Joshua Tree was more compact than either Death Valley, or Mohave, with respect to driving distances, as most of the public access features were within a smaller area of the park. The Oasis was actually accessed from outside the park, near Twentynine Palms, so no one had to pay any entrance fee to see this. The Oasis was a nice intro hike to Joshua Tree, although this was on the opposite side of the bordering mountains so none of the park proper was visible. The Oasis contained a different sort...

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Feb 7, 2013 - Joshua Tree National Park

Today buddy and I started to move the RV from Lake Havasu City to just north of Los Angeles California. We didn't want to drive the entire 300 miles in one day so we stopped at Joshua Tree National Park. We dry camped just outside the south entrance. The area was very clean the only problem was that the entire area was very un-level. I woke up early Friday morning and drove into Joshua Tree hoping to catch a nice sunrise. Unfortunately we were just a little bit late and missed out on nice sunrise. We drove 51 miles to the best viewing area...

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Apr 22, 2012 - Joshua Tree and 29 Palms

Up before 7:00 to a beautiful desert sun rise. Did our exercises in the gym although using our mat on the pad has not been too bad. ( I actually can do mine in the rig if necessary.) We had to pack up the rig in order to visit Joshua Tree National Park but were able to leave bikes, chairs etc. Left at 8:00 to try to beat the heat. Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed Joshua Tree a National Monument in 1936 and in 1994 as a part of the CA Desert Protection Act Congress named it a National Park. What tells you that you are in the Mojave Desert is...

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Apr 21, 2012 - Joshua Tree/29 Palms CA

I awoke at 6:00 with the sun shining over the campground on the mountains. Beautiful mountain vista. Bob was still sleeping so did dishes (too hot to clean last night) before we left on the Palm Canyon hike. Only 70 degrees and we thought it was a little nature trail. Had no money or water. Walked about a mile to the trail head. When we arrived the ranger told us the 1.5 mile hike was about 2 ½ hours and required at least one gallon of water per person! He said they had to rescue a woman the day before for heat stroke. What was the Visitor...

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Apr 17, 2012 - Joshua Tree NP, CA (Day 2) - Nice Day For A Hike

(Ron Writing) The weather was just perfect. There was just a light breeze all day and temperatures peaked in the high 70’s. This morning we enjoyed relaxing in our campsite and doing some reading. We also took a short hike on some trails among the rocks above our campsite. This afternoon we took a two-mile hike on the Skull Rock Trail that runs right through this campground. The trail led past a wide variety of plants and beautiful rock formations. You can flip through the photos to see a little of what we saw on the trail.

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Apr 16, 2012 - Joshua Tree NP, CA - Jumbo Rocks Campground

(Ron Writing) We awoke to a beautiful morning at Salton Sea. Spent some time watching the many birds on and around the lake and then left around 10:30 and drove to Indio, CA just to the north. We stopped at an El Pollo Loco where we met our friends, Dot and Dick, who are staying at a campground in Indio for a few days. We enjoyed a nice lunch and fun visit with them. Dot is Elena’s “cooking pal” and she’s been busy. Today she gave us some homemade pizzelles, apple cake in a jar, apple butter, and apricot jam! After lunch we stopped to...

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