I have always wanted to visit this special place. There is a quiet beauty that surrounds the landscape. Even though this park is part of two deserts, the Mojave and the Colorado, there is an abundance of life here.
First, the trees. The Joshua Tree looks like a cartoon character. Perhaps Dr. Seuss was inspired by this tree when he illustrated The Lorax.
Terry and I set up camp in Black Rock campground, on the northwest side of the park. As we we settling in, the sun made its last appearance of the day.
On Wednesday, we took advantage of cool temperatures and went on a 6.5 mile hike. Our trail led us to Warren Peak, 5150 feet.
The path was sandy and not easy to walk in. But the scenery was beautiful.
All of the plants in this desert are spiny and sharp. I imagine you’ve gotta be pretty tough to survive in this environment. Yet, there is a fragile beauty to these desert dwellers.
So that is Warren Peak. And of course we climbed it. To the top.
I was happy it was only about 60 degrees because that was a doozy!
Today we scaled things back a bit. After being on the phone with ATT for an hour, and then reconciling our budget (busted, for sure) we got into the Toad and went to a different park entrance. Here we found Hidden Valley and Quail Springs.
There are jumbles of stacked boulders everywhere! I mean mountains of them!
I climbed up and got a good view of this vast wilderness.
Oh by the way, I do have hair. You just don’t see it very often because of the hats. I’m looking forward to my salon visit when I get to Chicago.
But for now, it’s back to camping and appreciating what is my life at this moment. And I must say, I appreciate Minerva Hoyt for convincing President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proclaim Joshua Tree as a National Monument in 1936. Finally, it was renamed as a National Park in 1994 as part of the California Desert Protection Act. I ❤️ our National Parks!