Friday, February 17, 2017
My location: Just South of the entrance to Joshua Tree NP
When I looked out the back bedroom window to check the weather this morning, I spotted a large paper on the ground. I knew instantly what it was.
Because, I have been looking everywhere for it the past two days! It is the centerfold map of Joshua Tree NP and it has the names of the valleys and mountains in this area on it. (You know you’re getting old when a map centerfold excites you.) I guess it had blown off the outside table and under the MH. I had looked all around, but not under there. It must have blown out overnight.
Because I didn’t have the map, I mistakenly called Pinto Mountain, Pinion Mountain in my blog the other day. I have corrected the blog since. Hopefully, I will name things properly now.
This morning, we awoke to dark clouds drifting in from the West. Unusual, but pretty in its own way.
As soon as Yuma and I walked out of the MH, here comes Jodie once more. She just can’t wait for Yuma to come out and play. Yesterday, that little devil sneaked right in the MH when I wasn’t looking and grabbed Yuma’s bone and high-tailed it back to her place to chew on it.
I think Jodie’s Dad is calling. So, they both run up there and when I call Yuma, he comes running back.
He races right by me and makes a quick u-turn and shoots past me again. Boy, is he fast!
Here’s a desert beetle. I would hate for that thing to crawl on me at night in bed. Over an inch long. They probably live in the small holes I see all over the place.
Found a piece of Calcite that looks like opaque glass and embedded are small to medium size rocks from this area. It is about 4” long and 3” in height.
The sun peaks out quite a bit, making it nice for a walk.
To the South of my camp across the valley are the Orocopia Mountains. Down in the valley is I-10.
Glad I didn’t step on this beautiful little cactus with its tiny red blooms.
There are old asphalt roads running throughout the area around camp, left over from the Camp Young of the early 1940s era. Cracked up, sand covered with Creosote brush growing in them. In some places I can see the tank track indentions still in the asphalt.
I think there was a brick building here at one time. Not much left except for some broken bricks and a hole in the ground.
There’s so much beauty around, but occasionally you find junk strewn about. Guess this barrel was used as a fire pit many years ago.
Don’t think this freezer is World War II vintage, but the road is.
My neighbors Eric, Shaena and their dog Punk stopped by and brought me some banana nut bread. Yuma and I ate it all before it got cold and it was soooo delicious. Thank you for thinking of us.
They mentioned that on their hike today, they saw three desert tortoises. They must know rain is coming and are moving from their burrows to higher ground. Now I have to go look for one. They are a protected species so can’t touch.
They were nice enough to send me the pictures they took with their cellphone of the ones they saw today. Thanks, Eric and Shaena.
Tonight is Gold Rush night so will have to wait till morning and hope the rain holds off.
See you later.