Wednesday, February 15, 2017
My location: Near the Southern entrance to the Joshua Tree NP
To finish yesterday’s adventure, Yuma and I went down to our neighbor’s place and had a delicious steak and a wonderful time with our new friends, Eric and Shaena. Yuma’s friend was Punk.
They had to go to Riverside early in the morning, so we didn’t make it a long evening. Had a great time!
It was a beautiful morning with the windows open and a slight cool breeze. We did an early walk and met a little friend. Luckily, Yuma didn’t see him. Didn’t know it had such beautiful colors until I zoomed in with my photo editor.
As we were walking, I noticed a walkway made by stone outline.
The destination and purpose for this walkway has long been forgotten. It is hard to believe that 75 years ago, young Army trainees walked this walkway to an important destination. There were thousands training in Camp Young at that time. Now, there is just me and Yuma in the quiet desert on a winter morning.
I think Yuma has spotted a lizard. What a beautiful stance! That’s my brave Yuma.
Uh oh! Yuma has spotted a dog walking with a neighbor from up the way.
Time for getting to know each other and play.
After breakfast, we decided this was the day to take in the entire Joshua Tree NP. Lots of Jeepin’ and picture taking, but we were determined to get it done. Will need to break this day down into more than one blog, because of the number of photos taken. There is so much to see in this park.
We stopped at the Cottonwood Visitor Station to check in the other day and also visited the beautiful Palm trees and Cottonwoods at the spring behind the center.
I didn’t walk down into the trees and spring area, because they do not allow dogs, so just took photos from the entrance area. There are many beautiful rock formations in this area too.
Now, back to this morning. It is about a 50 mile drive one way through the entire park and up to Keys View on the far West side. Not a lot of narration, just a lot of photos of this beautiful park.
The park is located just North of where I am parked in the RV. As we get through the hills, a whole new world lays out in front of us.
Our first long drive is down into the Colorado Desert way below us. Across the way is Pinto Mountain at 3,127 feet.
There are millions of creosote bushes dotting the desert floor.
There are a number of mining roads leading for miles back into the mountains. Very desolate and can be dangerous if you have a problem with your vehicle. No off roading for us today. We are staying on the smooth blacktop. That’s the way Yuma likes it.
Dropping to the desert floor after about twelve miles of going down into the valley.
There is the Pinto Mountain range across the desert.
Then we run into a Cholla (pronounced choya) cactus patch with thousands of them. Glad Yuma didn’t see a jack rabbit in there.
We then start heading up the other side, heading into the higher Mojave Desert. This is where we will see our first Joshua Tree. Wouldn’t this be something looking at it from a wagon train one hundred-fifty years ago.
As we rise into the Mojave Desert high country, we run into rocks. Lots of big rocks.
Finally, we are high enough in elevation to see our first Joshua tree.
Part II tomorrow. More rocks, more Joshua trees and some magnificent views from the top of the mountain.
See you later.