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Nov 11, 2017 - Veterans Day Celebrations

Our RV repairman friend, Kevin, stopped by to estimate his coming repair visit and then we left at 1 pm for the Yucca Valley Elks for a Veterans Day Celebration. On the way we stopped at Sam's Club in Palm Desert to get my eyeglasses fixed (the earpiece keeps coming off, like it did in Alaska). We had left early for Yucca Valley so we could stop at our friends, the Poraths, for a short visit to catch up before heading to the Elks. We are sure packing a lot into this side trip. Upon arrival at the Yucca Valley Elks, we found our fiends and...

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Jan 9, 2015 - More touring Joshua Tree National Park

January 9th—We decided to take the Geology Tour Road, a four-wheel-drive self-guided trail out into the desert, with markers and a brochure illustrating various geologic aspects of the landscape. This was a very interesting tour and we learned new words like “monzogranite” and “pinto gneiss” and “bajada.” The brochure explained, among many other things, how the cube-shaped rocks slowly erode into rock spheres, and why there were twin peaks (called the Malapai Hills) of basalt in the middle of the Pleasant Valley. We took a short hike to...

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Jan 8, 2015 - Touring Joshua Tree

January 8th: Today we drove to Barker Dam to join a Park Ranger for a guided hike to the dam. It was really cold when we started out! Barker Dam was originally built by the Barker Cattle Company to hold water for their cattle. Bill Keys (whom you will hear about later) added three feet to the dam. A few years ago the dam was heavily graffitied and Park Rangers were there trying to clean it up without destroying the rock surface. There was a family on the hike from Melbourne—they lived fairly close to East Hawthorne, on that side of town....

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Jan 7, 2015 - Joshua Tree National Park

January 6th. Last night we stayed in Acton, California. The woman who checked us in said that we should be prepared to hearing screaming in the night. Turns out we were less than a mile away from the Shambala Wild Cat Refuge, a facility begun by Tippi Hedren (you may remember her from “The Birds”). She takes in orphaned wild cats from circuses and zoos and even took in Michael Jackson’s two Bengal tigers after he closed the zoo at Neverland. The refuge is home to mountain lions, lions, bobcats, tigers, servals, jaguars, a Florida panther, a...

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Feb 8, 2014 - feeling sheepish

day 7/8: i’ve put some good miles in the last two days, as the weather has been fantastic (70 degrees today!). the elevation has varied between 1350’ and 3530’, so a lot of climbing at times. i’m just past twentynine palms as i write this tonight. naomi goes home tomorrow so it’ll be a short day for me as i drive her 120 miles to the ontario airport. i’ll try to get in at least 10 miles in the morning before we leave...... the highlight was seeing a couple of bighorn sheep yesterday. sorry the photo isn’t better; they were across the road...

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Feb 6, 2014 - blown away by the weather

days 4-6: the weather’s been fantastic – exactly what i’d hoped for - until today. the temperatures have been 50-60 degrees, cloudy but no rain, perfect shorts/t-shirt conditions for settling into this long walk. today it turned colder – it was 50 degrees at the beginning but was 43 by the time i stopped, with a steady 30mph wind. fortunately it was dry most of the day until the last hour. rain and cold are definitely going to be a fact of life during this walk, so i may as well get used to it now...... i’ve covered 129 miles in the first 6...

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Apr 23, 2011 - lazy day

sorry guys we did nothing today so no pictures ...tomorrow i will try to down load some pictures but have issues with it so we will see what happens...tomorrow we are leaving for tombstone arizona where a lot of the old cowboys hung out so i will take LOTS of pictures Bob for you :) I sat around the pool for the afternoon to work on my tan/burn lol.. Talk to you tomorrow nite Love Laurie

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Apr 22, 2010 - Getting Ready To Move On Down The Road

From Yucca Valley RV Park – Yucca Valley, CA Just wanted to drop a short post and let you’ll know that we have just been lying low the past few days. Tuesday slept in, stayed around the park and just read, surfed, watched a couple of baseball games and joined the couch potato gang. Wednesday was house cleaning day and Rudy likes to stay gone on those days, says it is like a “white tornado” spinning through the rig. So he stayed up at the laundry doing towels and bed clothes. So we shouldn’t see that “white tornado” for a couple of weeks at...

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Apr 16, 2010 - Two Days Viewing Joshua Tree Nat'l. Park

From Yucca Valley RV Park – Yucca Valley, CA For the last two days we have spent endless hours driving through Joshua Tree National Park which spans parts of two deserts with characteristics determined by elevation; the higher elevation being the Mojave Desert and the lower being the Colorado Desert. It is in the higher, drier and slightly cooler Mojave Desert that the park’s namesake tree can be found. However they are not trees, but are Yucca brevifolia, a giant member of the lily family. Depending on the elevation at which you are...

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Apr 14, 2010 - An Orchid Paradise

From Yucca Valley RV Park – Yucca Valley, CA Since 1975 this high desert location of Landers, CA with its clean air, pure water, lots of sunshine and four growing seasons has been has been the perfect environment to grow a wide variety of orchids. It is where Gubler Orchids displays dozens of award winning varieties in over one acre of greenhouse space and offer tours with some excellent information on the cultivation and growing of these beautiful flowers to anyone visiting their nursery. Gubler Orchids had its family beginning in...

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Apr 12, 2010 - Visit To A Western Movie Set

Yucca Valley RV Park – Yucca Valley, CA A four-mile gently winding drive through beautiful canyons from our home base today lead us to a town that was built in 1946 as a movie set for western movies. It started out as a live-in motion picture set designed to provide a place for the actors to live and at the same time have their homes used as the set for the western movies. It was on September 1, 1946 that cowboy legend Roy Rogers broke ground for this 1880’s era western movie set………..Pioneertown. With the realistic façade of this western...

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Apr 11, 2010 - When Plan "A" Fails......Go To Plan "B"

From Yucca Valley RV Park – Yucca Valley, CA Not wanting to go to an attraction that would have a large weekend influx of visitors, we elected to stay here in Yucca Valley and visit two places just a couple of miles from the park. We also got our start today after lunch as we watched some of the Masters Golf and thought maybe the law of averages would have the Astros maybe winning today……..NOT! It is going to be a long, long, long baseball season for this Astros fan unless Mr. MacLane digs deep in those pockets and gets some real pitching...

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