Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014: Still sitting on the BLM land at Joshua Tree National Park. We’ve had two real windy days, where we put the driver side slides in and Curt even put some of the solar panels flat. Now today it’s cloudy, so we’re not getting much for solar power, but it works good when it’s sunny. We went into the Park last Friday. They say it takes 2 hours to get from one entrance to the other (south/north) without any stops. That’s probably because most of the speed limits are 35-40 mph and there are lots of twisty roads (instead of driving a straight road through the desert).  We did some stops along the way and even took a 4-wheel drive road again.


The Cottonwood Springs Visitor Center is 7 miles from the south entrance, elevation 3079 ft.



lots of abandoned mines in the area


The southern part of the park is mostly flat desert valley
Ocotillo tree
Ocotillo leaves

All of a sudden there's Cholla cactus on both sides of the road
Part of the area is fenced with a trail for people to walk through the Cholla garden



One of the many mines in the park 

We are driving from the Colorado Desert into the Mojave Desert. Now the landscape and plants change


strange rock piles

The Joshua trees for which the park is named

Skull  Rock

and we're climbing in altitude

Rock climbing is a popular activity here

San Andreas Fault Zone (earthquakes)
This is the view at Keye's View at an elevation of 5185 ft, south outside of the park area 

Hazy, but you can see over 20 miles
A gold prospector's grave, who died in 1925


Lots of Joshua trees and rocks
More rock climbers

These climbers are "walking" from rock to rock!
The Geology Tour Road (4-wheel drive)

Our sunset

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