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Mar 2, 2012 - Joshua Tree National Park

One of the main reasons we plotted this route after leaving Yuma was to see Joshua Tree National Park and see these unusual trees scattered throughout the park. The park is crisscrossed with sloodles of faults and is a great place to see raw rocks and the effects of earthquakes that occurred thousands of years ago. The famous San Andreas Fault bounds the south side of the park and can be seen at several vantage points. We visited the park on two separate days in an attempt to see as much of the current 792,623 acres with the limited time...

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Feb 21, 2012 - Joshua Tree NP

Feb 21 Today was a day for exploring. First we left our campsites and headed up Black Canyon Road. This is a dirt road and is the shortest route to Kelso Depot the main Visitor’s Center. Approximately half of the distance (15 miles) is dirt. Kelso, at one time was a large railroad center. In its hay days the depot housed a train station, ticket and telegraph office, reading room, and dorms for railroad workers. The depot closed in 1985 and renovated and reopened as a visitor center for the National Park Service in 2005. When we finished up...

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Feb 16, 2012 - OMG..........snow

Feb 16, evening WOW!!! Did we have an interesting day! When I opened the door this morning, I looked up toward the hills, and saw SNOW! It was really cool looking, and I was hot to trot to get out there and take pictures. But first, a wonderful shower, then breakfast, and then departure. When we got to the entrance to the park, we were informed that 4 miles ahead the road was closed due to snow. Cool. We went up to the closure point, and chatted with the ranger blocking the road. He said that there were drifts 2-3’ deep across the road to...

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Feb 15, 2012 - and the rains came

Feb 15, evening. We spent another neat day in Joshua Tree NP. This time we drove from the north end to the south end, and stopped at every exhibit pull out, and walked a couple of great nature walks. Saw lots of interesting plants, learned some local geology, saw 3 very small animals, and drove across Fried Liver Wash. ( I did not make that up.) When we started out, it was a crystal clear blue sky day, but the forecast was for rain to be moving in (winter weather advisory: 2-4” snow above 3500’, and we would be up almost that high). It...

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Feb 14, 2012 - Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Last night it got down to 37 degrees (outside), and while we were toasty warm in bed (with several quilts on), the ‘V’ (as Kaylee calls it) was chilly inside. The heater blows and blows, but has a hard time getting to 69 degrees. It feels like the AC is on. This has caused a reconsideration of our ‘flight plan’, as we were scheduled to go to Canyon De Chelly, and then spend 5 days in Santa Fe. Santa Fe’s forecast is for 17 at night and low 40’s in the day, with wind. Not my idea of a nice escape. We don’t want to have to...

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Feb 13, 2012 - A long Day's journey into night

Unraveling travel day. Feb 13 I figured we had 300 miles to go today, based on print outs I had, so while we did not have a leisurely departure, we did not hustle either. Driving out of the valley was beautiful—got some great pix on the move (no stopping no standing), but then we hit the wind. Or rather, the wind hit us. We had constant wind of 28, gusting to 45. AAIIEEE!!!! By our direction of travel, we were either a sail being blown sideways at unpredictable intervals, or we were going into a headwind, which made our already low mpg even...

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Jan 29, 2012 - Joshua Tree National Forest

Sunday We drove up to Joshua's Tree National Forest. We should have left earlier today or should have listened to the Dam navigator. A person could spend days or weeks just exploring around here. the kid comes out of you, climb those rocks just to climb them. The rocks just seemed to be piled up, but were actually pushed up to the surface from volcanic activity. They are all granite rocks. the hole desert floor is crushed granite like sand/gravel texture. there are many weird shape rocks that look like faces. there are naturally balancing...

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Jan 18, 2012 - Joshua Tree National Park

We are currently in Joshua Tree National Park, CA at the Black Rock Campground with our friends John & Carol and sweet Jimmy, the wonder dog. We are here for 5 days and then we are off to Quartzite to join up with the Boomers. This is the annual trek to the big RV Show in Q. Some kind of bug swept through the FMCA Rally and many people got sick. That includes Carol & myself. Carol was down for 2 days and I did not feel good until we were leaving Joshua Tree. We are at an elevation of about 4000 feet and it is a wee bit chilly. It was 41...

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Oct 26, 2011 - Fun with Friends and Family

It's been a busy week of doing lots and doing nothing! The week started off hot, hot, hot with daytime highs of 36C, perfect weather for sitting by the pool with a book and taking the occasional dip. After a couple of days on our own, Kevin and Barb arrived to stay with us, Ian, Catherine and Elise arrived at their rental house and Cam and Lloyd flew in from Calgary. First order of business was a KD Lang concert at the local theatre. An incredible performance that was enjoyed by all. Next stop was a trip to Joshua Tree National Park for...

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Apr 11, 2011 - Joshua Tree National Park

Tom: Spent the day at this incredible park. Pics do not do the beauty of this park justice. The park is located in the Mojave and Colorado Desert 140 Miles East of LA. The Park is 794,000 acres. The Joshua Tree is actually a Yucca plant. It has waxy, spiny leaves designed to effciently conserve water. Joshua trees can grow to over forty feet at the leisurely rate of 1" per year. It's bloom is a cream color that blooms from February through April. President Roosevelt declared the Park a National Monument in 1936. In 1994 Congress renamed...

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Feb 15, 2011 - Joshua Tree, Fallbrook

Vanmorgen besloten we eerst eens naar de kapper te gaan.....Nou dat is mislukt. Overal staat Walk In dan Walk je er in en dan hebben ze pas over 1,5 uur tijd....Laat maar daar hadden we geen tijd voor gezien we naar joshua tree park wilden gaan en dan richting san diego wilde rijden. Joshua tree park was wel een eind rijden zeker als je denkt dat je er bijna bent....maar vergeet dat je weer over de tijdgrens bent gereden dus er een uur bij moet tellen...Maar dat netekend dat we wat speling qua tijd hadden! Fijn....we hebben non stop door...

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Dec 10, 2010 - Free at Last!

Free At Last After a full season on the road, we finally did a no expenses paid boondock. We are camped outside of Joshua Tree National Park on about 100 acres of BLM land. There are six other kindred souls scattered over the sage and scrub brush covered desert. We broke up our trip to the OC into two jumps. This is a great spot and we will be using it again. We have paid as little as 8 dollars, but this is free. No water, no nothing, but great experiences. Last night’s sunset was spectacular. The spectrum of ever changing colors went from...

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