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Apr 6, 2019 - Yuma to Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campgroud

Left this morning and made a stop at Salton Sea. It a body of created and over flow of the Colorado River. It layers. Over the San Andreas Fault. It has turn in to a sea of salt due to the run off of farm lands and other sources. It is a shallow saline lake 35 miles long and 15 miles wide. This was on our way to the National Park.

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Apr 6, 2019 - Saltier Lake

Left Yuma, Arizona this morning, headed for Joshua Tree. Stopped by Salter Sea Lake..it is shallow, saline lake directly on the San Andreas Fault. Fish can not live in the lake, it is 25% saltier than the ocean. It is also 400 feet below sea level. The lake is Located near Coachella where they have a huge music festival in April with top name singers ....Ariana Grande .. Passed hundreds of wind turbines all sizes plus solar panels next to turbines . We have arrived at our new destination Joshua Tree.

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4 Rolling Stones

Jan 8, 2019 - home......and off to joshua tree! (photos - what a beautiful place!)

Early January and I’m finally catching up with everything to post my final Antarctica blog AND to post photos from my family’s subsequent camping trip to Joshua Tree National Park in the southern California desert. Finishing up on Antarctica, most of the return trip to Ushuaia on the ship was uneventful, other than the 25-foot waves I noted in my previous posting. We arrived in Ushuaia right on time and disembarked around 8:00 in the morning. Since my flight wasn’t until 1:30pm I decided to hang out in town with a few of my shipmates. We...

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Dec 15, 2018 - Joshua Tree and Oceanside.

We have been in Oceanside now since Tuesday. Tassie, our beautiful, dependable RV will settle in this area until January 9th. We will be heading back to Orlando for ten days on Wednesday. It seems as if Joshua Tree experience is distant as our attention is on family here and seeing the kids later this week. Although we are only three hours from Joshua Tree, it looks and feels like a different part of the country. We stayed at 29 Palms, California. A town located near the marine base. We are actually only a mile for Camp Pendleton here. The...

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Mar 21, 2018 - Joshua Tree National Park

We got here last night about 40 minutes after it was completely dark, so we had seen nothing of the park when we started out today. Sam and I have so much enjoyed driving through Joshua Tree National Park and learning something about its geology and plant life that we have decided to put together a slide show for the “Brown Bag Luncheons” that we are thinking of starting at the gallery. Meanwhile, we drove through most of the park today (in the daylight—certainly did not see much last night!) taking pictures and making notes about all of...

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National Parks Tour

Oct 22, 2017 - Travel to Joshua Tree National Park and Camping on the San Andreas Fault

October 22 – Travel to Joshua Tree National Park and Camping on the San Andreas Fault We drove an hour to one of the Joshua Tree Visitor’s Center and then spent an hour driving the park loop to view the Joshua Trees and vistas. At the center, the docent shared information about the Joshua Tree and that we should take a side drive in the park to the vista where we could view the San Andreas Fault from above. She showed me on the park map where the fault line was located south of the park. It so happens that from the vista we were looking...

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Oct 21, 2017 - Travel to Near Joshua Tree NP and Acton KOA Follow-Up

October 21 – Travel to Near Joshua Tree NP and Acton KOA Follow-Up Our travel from Acton, CA to Desert Hot Springs near Joshua Tree National Park through more arid terrain was uneventful. The KOA that we are staying in is the best ever – clean, many amenities, well laid out and we have the only site with a tree to shade the motor home. It will be 91F tomorrow and 100F on Monday. As a follow-up to our Acton KOA visit, I had the opportunity to speak to the owner on Friday evening while the Russian musicians were warming up on the stage. He...

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Mar 23, 2017 - Joshua Trees and things

After a day of rest we made the trip to Joshua Tree National Park, a place we had been wanting to go for a couple of years. Our park is situated in kind of a bowl, so everywhere we wanted to go entailed a trip, however long or short, up over the mountains. This was no exception. As we neared the park entrance, we passed through a little town appropriately named Joshua Tree. First stop was the visitor center, where we obtained a map of the park and a few brief instructions. We were amazed at how large it was. 790,696 acres, with many hiking...

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Fun between jobs

Dec 5, 2016 - Joshua Tree National Park

We went up from Palm Desert to see the Joshua Tree National Park... ahhh the senior pass strikes again. I was quite interesting, probably the least interesting were the Joshua Tree which aren't actually trees at all but a type of cactus. Named Joshua trees because they appear to resemble biblical painting of Joshua. Near the San Andreous fault the rock formations provide a unique sight seeing experience and a great practice ground for rock climbers. Another highlight was the Kelly View overlooking the Cochella Valley. As most days the view...

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Sep 18, 2016 - Joshua Tree NP

Sep 18, 2016: We spent the morning in Joshua Tree NP with temperatures of near 100 degrees. A mile long hike through Hidden Valley where stolen cattle were hid and a mile trip to Ryan Ranch that has a few remnants left was enough walking for the day. From there we traveled old route 66 to Boulder City, NV, near Vegas and Hoover Dam. We plan on going to Hoover Dam tomorrow morning and then wash some of my dirty clothes in the afternoon. Traveling through the Mojave Desert we had temperatures of 106 degrees and there was a whole lot of...

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Trip West 2016

Feb 26, 2016 - Last of Joshua Tree National Park

Hello from sunny AZ! We are now at Lake Havasu City AZ, but I wanted to finish up our time at Joshua Tree NP. Joshua Tree NP is a beautiful park...certainly one to put on your buck list. One of the drives we took was a self-guided Geology Road Tour. Parts of the road are very rough and required a car with 4-wheel drive clearance...but it was VERY interesting. Won't bore you will all the technical terms, but something Dan and I really enjoyed was learning about how all the "rock piles" formed. They look like some massive giant was picking...

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Feb 16, 2016 - Joshua Tree National Park

Hello from Joshua Tree National Park!! This Park is unbelievable...truly a gem in the NP's collection. In 1936, community activist Minerva Hoyt, convinced FDR to proclaim Joshua Tree a National Monument. Finally, in 1994 Congress renamed the area to a National Park. This park protects 794,000 acres with the vast majority of it deemed wilderness (cannot be altered). What makes this place so amazing is the fact that this is the area where the Mojave and Colorado deserts converge...making some parts of the park completely different from other...

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