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Monday, November 12, 2012

Joshua Tree National Park

Rick Morgan


There are plenty of things to do in the Desert Hot Springs area; however one thing we specifically wanted to do is to visit Joshua Tree National Park again. The last time we were there was about 20+ years ago.

We have to admit…not much has changed – it still is part of the Mojave Desert, filled with the wonderful Joshua Tree, a variety of plants, Cholla Cactus gardens, hidden valley’s, rock formations, the amazing view of the Coachella Valley (including the San Andreas Fault) and desert wildlife. You can actually feel the influence of the Native American Indians, hear the sound of cattle, grazing in the grasses; feel the force of drenching rains that helped to sculpt interesting crevices in the earth. You can imagine the gold miners searching for their wealth, and the Homesteaders settling in to enjoy and prosper in their new way of life. 


Some of the things we enjoyed most this time was our hike in Hidden Valley and the amazing rock formations (yes, those are rock climbers). When you look at the photos, see if you can figure out which is the Old Woman, Intersection Rock, Skull Rock and Cap Rock…the list goes on and on.


















You can think there’s not much going on around you, however we have found if we just stop and listen to our surroundings the discoveries are endless.



Hope you enjoy the pictures from this adventure, we sure enjoyed taking them. In fact, when we return in January we are planning on staying in one of the park campgrounds for several days. It’s genuinely an amazing place!