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Jan 16, 2017 - Down more country roads

After a leisurely 10am departure it was a nice ride thru the high desert countryside to our next stop. We are now in the middle of USMC land. Groups of young men running around in groups singing weird songs, hollering a lot of whowaas all the time, watching a single man intently, obeying his every word. ah to be young again, the few, the proud, the brave as they say. Checked in, set up, met the neighbors all around. Viewed the weeks activities, dip in the pool & hot tub, sauna closed unfortunately. Weather definitely nbicer here, as the...

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Into the sun 16/17

Jan 13, 2016 - Land of the Joshua Tree

Today we spent the afternoon at Joshua Tree National Park. The trees are located in the Mojave Desert. Actually they are not a tree but a species of yucca. Like other desert plants, its waxy,spiney leaves expose little surface area, efficiently conserving moisture. A Joshua tree can grow over 40 ft tall-at a leisurely rate of an inch a year.Its clusters of cream colored flowers bloom Febuary through April (we are just a little early) The Joshua Tree flower is a member of the Lilly family and is related to the Easter Lilly. There were also...

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Jan 12, 2016 - California-we Have Arrived !!!!

We crossed the CALIFORNIA state line today! Still driving thru a lot of barren desert land but still very captivating. Tomorrow we plan to explore Joshua Tree National Park. Going out for pizza tonight,then grocery shopping.This RV park has an indoor pool and hot tub so I am sure we will end up there tonight! Love to everyone

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May 1, 2015 - Twentynine Palms

Twentynine Palms (also known as 29 Palms) is a city in San Bernardino County, California. It was previously called Twenty-Nine Palms. The city is located in the Mojave Desert in Southern California. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 59.1 square miles, all land. The city is at an elevation of 1,988 feet. The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms is located there and was founded in 1952. Ooh Rah! Enjoy Tyler!...

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2015 RV Adventure

Mar 17, 2015 - Lost Horse Mine and Ryan Mtn Trails

Tuesday, March 17 (Happy St. Patrick's Day): Joshua Tree National Park Route: Indian Cove Rd → CA-62 W → Park Blvd → Keys West Rd → Park Blvd → CA-62 E Weather: 60F with morning overcast skies and a high of 80F with gusty breezes by afternoon Trip Average Gas Mileage: 27.6mpg Highlights: - finding block ice at a Circle K en route to our first hike - hiking the Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail - hiking the Ryan Mountain Trail - having time for laundry - seeing a Park Store advertising pay showers Hubby was up and boiling breakfast water...

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Three USA Deserts

Mar 16, 2015 - South to Joshua Tree N. P.

Monday, March 16: Mojave National Preserve to Joshua Tree National Park Route: Black Canyon Rd → Essex Rd. → I-40W → Kelbaker Rd → Amboy Rd. → Utah Rd. → CA-62 Weather: 60F in the clear, calm morning with a high of 100F with light breezes by afternoon Trip Average Gas Mileage: 27.6mpg Highlights: - getting Site #34 one day earlier than our reservation - seeing a long snake (maybe a king snake) on the Indian Cove Campground road - touring the Joshua Tree Oasis Visitor Center and Oasis of Mara walk Our phone decided to sleep late today...

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Three USA Deserts

Apr 10, 2014 - Poston War Relocation Center and Mojave Desert

We started today’s trip on US 60, but at Hope, AZ we headed due west on AZ 62. We had a surprise when we got to Bouse, AZ. There was a military memorial along the highway with an M60 Patton tank and a self-propelled howitzer. I did a loop around the block so we could stop to see what it was about. In addition to the armored vehicles, there is a row of monuments that are dedicated to each of the units that made up the 9th Tank Group. The memorial tells the story of Camp Bouse that was located about 20 miles north of Bouse. It was one of 12...

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Mar 24, 2014 - SB Botanical Gardens

We spent part of the afternoon touring Santa Barbara's Botanical Garden. One of the "perks" for renting this house is that we have our own private gate into the garden. The owner's wife has done a series of tile mosaics in the garden, several of which provide the base for "Grammy's Bench." The bench is high above a large wildflower meadow, which is presently in full bloom. California Poppies, Wild Mustard, and West Coast Lupines comprise the meadow and are putting on quite a show. The park is also studded with huge old oak trees, all with...

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Mar 23, 2014 - Mission Canyon

We arrived in Santa Barbara on a sunny afternoon, after a somewhat hectic drive across the state. Even on a Sunday, traffic was major as we came across; but the house we rented in the Mission Canyon district made the drive worthwhile. The house and yard are beautiful! As you can see, it's a modern structure, with a lot of skylights and windows to let in the outdoors. And the yard is to die for, complete with a natural waterfall and koi pond. The yard is filled with beautiful stone work and sculpture. We even have a resident duck who flies...

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Mar 22, 2014 - Joshua Tree National Park

We spent the day exploring Joshua Tree National Park, which, in terms of vegetation and geology, is a very interesting place. As usual, the Visitors' Center was our first stop. The center is at a much lower elevation than the rest of the park and is situated in what is called the Oasis of Mara. The name (meaning "little springs and much grass") comes from the Serrano peoples, who were the first inhabitants. A thousand years ago, this land was filled with many underground springs and extensive grasslands. The Indians also liked the area...

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Feb 11, 2014 - a walking stick and a welfare check

no, not the kind of welfare check the re-poo-blicans hate! this was a middle-aged couple who, seeing me walking on a lonely stretch of highway, made a u-turn and asked if i needed help. glad there are SOME people out there who’ll do that! {:> i followed my bad day 10 with a spectacular day today. the temperatures continue to be perfect – 70 degrees - and my physical situation has improved, so i did a little bit of extra mileage today. i still have a long ways to go on this desolate stretch but am expecting to finish it just as my friend...

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Feb 10, 2014 - true grit

day 9/10: when i started this walk, i knew that not every step was going to be a wonderful experience. today was an example of some not-so-wonderful steps, but anyway, i made my 20 and am happy about that. i’m having some physical issues i won’t detail, but will hopefully work themselves out. yesterday i had to take naomi to the airport to catch her flight, so i ripped through the first 11.6 miles of this ‘no services for 100 miles’ stretch in 3 hours. i was able to return to the spot late in the day and added another 1.6 miles before it...

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