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May 21, 2007 - Joshua Tree National Park, CA

I left North Ranch pretty early in the morning to try to beat the desert heat I expected to face much of the day. I got to the turnoff of I-10 for Joshua Tre about 11 AM and found that it wasn't all that hot, so I detoured for over 5 hours! It would only take me a couple of hours to get to my next destination, so this was a very good diversion. On the first part of the trip, I stopped to take a mile hike to see some springs and maybe a true desert oasis. The springs were just past the parking area and weren't picturebook so I went for a...

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Dec 9, 2006 - Joshua Tree National Park

I decided to make this a separate entry rather than including it with our Palms Springs stuff (which I haven't updated yet!) because this park is truly a gem you shouldn't miss if you ever get to this area. For those not familiar with the desert, you drive for miles through very rough terrain, mostly dirt and sand with some cactus, Joshua trees and tumbleweeds as the scenery. This is what it looked like when we got the entrance of the park, about 35 miles east of Palm Springs. The total drive through the park was 51 miles, and our...

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Nov 16, 2006 - Joshua National Park

Well today it was a visit to Joshua Tree National Park in California. This is almost the end of the journey. Saturday will be the final move to Tucson, but today was a day well spent. This park is made up primarily of the Mojave and Colorado Desert. The Mojave contains the Joshua tree and the magnificent granite rock formations; and the Colorado is characterized by cholla cactus, ocotillo and fan palms. And between the two runs the transition zone which carries a little of each. The Joshua Tree is said to have been given it's name by early...

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Aug 27, 2006 - On our way to 29 Palms

We left a lovely 61 degrees and travelled to a lovely 105 degrees. Trying to stay positive here. We drove directly to Garrett's. He came with us to the base and got us in. He helped us get set up and then we went back to the house for dinner. Tacos - yum. We sat around after dinner talking, got a tour of the house, and heard about all the alterations he hopes to do. It's enough to make me tired. We'd had a very long day and were ready to call it a day.

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Jun 24, 2006 - Sat - Joshua Tree NP, CA

(Leaving Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley NP - Destination: Joshua Tree NP - 350 miles) 05:45 AM Betty does the wake-up shake! We get up and get dressed. 06:45 AM We are dressed, packed and have the van loaded. We go to the office and check out and they give us a cup of coffe. No free breakfast here. In fact, no breakfast at all. As we leave Stovepipe Wells, it is already 95 degrees! 07:20 AM We stop at the Old Harmony Borax Works for a few pictures. Then we drive on to Furnance Creek Ranch Resort for gas and some breakfast snacks. Here is...

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JD's Vacation 2006

Nov 28, 2005 - Joshua Tree National Park Nov 28, 2005

Joshua Tree National Park This National Park is located in the desert area of California near Palm Springs. We spent November 28, 2005 driving through the park and hiking the trail up Ryan's Mountain. The desert was lovely especially in the evening. The setting sun seems to light up the mountains and the skies.

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