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Mar 23, 2017 - Joshua Trees and things

After a day of rest we made the trip to Joshua Tree National Park, a place we had been wanting to go for a couple of years. Our park is situated in kind of a bowl, so everywhere we wanted to go entailed a trip, however long or short, up over the mountains. This was no exception. As we neared the park entrance, we passed through a little town appropriately named Joshua Tree. First stop was the visitor center, where we obtained a map of the park and a few brief instructions. We were amazed at how large it was. 790,696 acres, with many hiking...

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Fun between jobs

Dec 5, 2016 - Joshua Tree National Park

We went up from Palm Desert to see the Joshua Tree National Park... ahhh the senior pass strikes again. I was quite interesting, probably the least interesting were the Joshua Tree which aren't actually trees at all but a type of cactus. Named Joshua trees because they appear to resemble biblical painting of Joshua. Near the San Andreous fault the rock formations provide a unique sight seeing experience and a great practice ground for rock climbers. Another highlight was the Kelly View overlooking the Cochella Valley. As most days the view...

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Sep 18, 2016 - Joshua Tree NP

Sep 18, 2016: We spent the morning in Joshua Tree NP with temperatures of near 100 degrees. A mile long hike through Hidden Valley where stolen cattle were hid and a mile trip to Ryan Ranch that has a few remnants left was enough walking for the day. From there we traveled old route 66 to Boulder City, NV, near Vegas and Hoover Dam. We plan on going to Hoover Dam tomorrow morning and then wash some of my dirty clothes in the afternoon. Traveling through the Mojave Desert we had temperatures of 106 degrees and there was a whole lot of...

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Trip West 2016

Feb 26, 2016 - Last of Joshua Tree National Park

Hello from sunny AZ! We are now at Lake Havasu City AZ, but I wanted to finish up our time at Joshua Tree NP. Joshua Tree NP is a beautiful park...certainly one to put on your buck list. One of the drives we took was a self-guided Geology Road Tour. Parts of the road are very rough and required a car with 4-wheel drive clearance...but it was VERY interesting. Won't bore you will all the technical terms, but something Dan and I really enjoyed was learning about how all the "rock piles" formed. They look like some massive giant was picking...

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Feb 16, 2016 - Joshua Tree National Park

Hello from Joshua Tree National Park!! This Park is unbelievable...truly a gem in the NP's collection. In 1936, community activist Minerva Hoyt, convinced FDR to proclaim Joshua Tree a National Monument. Finally, in 1994 Congress renamed the area to a National Park. This park protects 794,000 acres with the vast majority of it deemed wilderness (cannot be altered). What makes this place so amazing is the fact that this is the area where the Mojave and Colorado deserts converge...making some parts of the park completely different from other...

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Dec 29, 2015 - Joshua Tree National Park

It was cold so the pressure pros on the tires didn't function well. Richard ended up just taking them off. We need new batteries in them anyway. Fooling around with them made us start later than we wanted to and it's a long drive from Patterson to Joshua Tree. We got there just at 5:00, getting dark again. Among others, Mike and Sally were there to greet us and Mike help Richard get in the spot. It was a big spot but so unlevel from side to side that the back tires of the trailer were off the ground. The next day we hooked up and moved...

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Jun 5, 2015 - Joshua Tree NP, CA

Well, after a day and a half in Flagstaff waiting for the Ford dealer to look at our van, it took 5 minutes for them to check and tell us the "check engine light" was not an issue and just needed to be reset. We left immediately for Joshua Tree. We were lucky to get a site at Joshua Tree. I remembered camping among rocks on my trip with Jocelyn but thought the campground was small....maybe 15 sites. When Mike and I drove in something did not look quite right beginning with the fact that there were 125 sites. Found out later that there are...

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Takin the Slow Road

May 3, 2015 - Joshua Tree National Park

Lets start with a question: "In what desert is Joshua Tree National Park located?" If you guessed in the Mojave Desert you were half right because the western half of the park is located in the Mojave Desert. If you guessed in the Colorado Desert you were half right because the eastern half of the park is located in the Colorado Desert. Ok, so you never heard of the Colorado Desert, and how can I be in the Colorado Desert if I am in California. Easy, this area is a part of the lower Colorado River Valley and is a part of the much larger...

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May 3, 2015 - Joshua Tree NP

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 covers a land area of 790,636 acres (1,235.37 sq mi) – 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...

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2015 RV Adventure

Mar 19, 2015 - Lost Palms Oasis Trail

Thursday, March 19: Joshua Tree National Park (Cottonwood section) Route: Cottonwood Campground → Cottonwood Oasis Parking area Weather: 60F with morning overcast skies and RAIN!! A high of 73F with light breezes by afternoon Trip Average Gas Mileage: 27.6mpg Highlights: - rain on the tent and later on the car at the trailhead - an early start to the Lost Palms Oasis Trail hike - seeing a female chuckwalla on the return from the oasis - having a nice cool hiking day Hubby and I were both awaken by the sound of a few raindrops on the...

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Three USA Deserts

Mar 18, 2015 - Cottonwood Springs and Mastodon Peak

Wednesday, March 18: Joshua Tree National Park (Cottonwood section) Route: Indian Cove Rd → CA-62 E → Park Blvd → Pinto Basin Rd → Cottonwood Campground Weather: 60F with morning overcast skies and a high of 73F with light breezes by afternoon Trip Average Gas Mileage: 27.6mpg Highlights: - having our pick of good sites at Cottonwood Campground - hiking the Mastodon Peak Loop to see the Mastodon Mine - hiking the Cottonwood Springs trail to see the native palm oasis Hubby's cold had progressed to a chest cough by this morning but my...

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Three USA Deserts

Jun 18, 2014 - Joshua Tree...Joshua Tree

Got to Joshua Tree at 10....100 F in palm springs...up in Joshua Tree 78 F Had wonderful hike. Park has two features...Joshua Trees and really cool rock formations Why no photos...on my phone....which is somewhere in Joshua Tree Will try to get a phone replacement in California...oh well Because of phone drama ...had to drive thru la in rushhour Like a video game with Google maps avoiding traffic Finally got to campsite on Pacific near Santa Barbara

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