Saturday, December 25, 2010
Joshua Tree wasn't always a National Park or even a Monument. In the late 1800's and early 1900s folks lived up here. I have posted pictures before of the ruined cabins and rusted out signs of humanity. Movies were made up here all the time and if you go to Turner Classic Movie Channel when they are showing old cowboy movies you will see a lot of this valley. Its within the Wonderland of Rocks area.
Water in the Desert. Roy and I walked the Barker Dam trail and for the first time ever, for me, we had to follow little rivers of water and even wade thru in spots. I had a smile on my face the whole time I was there as I am envisioning the wildflowers that will bloom in the spring.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
My little neighbors. Caught them in the back yard.
So what's next. I think I want to go to the Salton Sea in winter. I have been there when the thermometer hits the triple digits and I think it would be nice to go in winter. I'm thinking maybe MLK holiday. Next weekend I'm going back to JT and hike Barker Dam again. There is a petroglyph in the area that I found once, so may I'll try again. I also want to go to Antelope Valley to see the California Poppys. I understand they put on quite a show in March/April timeframe.
DH and I are going to head out in May 2011 but not sure where. I'm thinking Utah and New Mexico.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
So today I made a second attempt to get to Cottonwood and this time I made it without any accidents or even any traffic. The parking lot is right at Cottonwood and then there is a 3 mile trail to another oasis. I did about half that, but then turned around as I had refilled my water bottle at the Visitors Center and that water tasted nasty. I mean, if I had to drink it I would have, but I didn't have to.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Decided to drive down to Cottonwood today, it's at the south end of Joshua Tree and there is a short hike to a oasis which I have never taken. Unfortunately, a wreck (see below) and a rock interupted my plans, so I will go tomorrow morning.
This is Belle Rock at the entrance to a campground with the same name. It was a glorious day today, over 70 with just a sweet little cooling breeze. I think I am going to become a snowbird and spend my winters down here.