Joshua Tree, etc.

We have spent 3 days here in Desert Hot Springs, and have kept ourselves busy. When we arrived here our RV was filthy and we couldn’t take advantage of the terrific view out of our rear window.

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We couldn’t even see the mountain from inside the RV.
After a full day of washing, scrubbing off the black streaks and polishing what we could, it looks pretty good.

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And we can see the mountains!
I was only told once during the process that the trailer was too dirty to be in this park. Pretty standard conversation in an RV park. I was still pulling my brush, bucket and pail out of the truck when I was approached by the local fella who seems to have the franchise on washing RV’s here and given the rundown on what he would charge to wash our unit. For $200 I think I will wash it myself. I was also given a lecture on the evils of oxidation on RV surfaces, and the cost to fix our rig. The thing is, the trailer was so dirty this guy couldn’t tell if it was oxidized or not, and so far it’s not.
After the work day we caught up with Kelly and June who winter in DHS. I used to work with Kelly, and they generously bought our dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. We’ll have to find a way to return the treat in the future.
We spent the next day recuperating from all the efforts our in the previous day, and we sure needed it. We managed to drag ourselves over to the hot pools in this park and enjoyed an hour of soaking our aching muscles. When we got back to the rig we were able to watch the Grey Cup and enjoyed seeing the Edmonton Eskimos win the championship.
That brings us to Monday, and we decided to head to Joshua Tree National Park and see the sights.

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The plants that give the Park it’s title were given the nickname by early Mormon settlers who thought the plants reminded them of Joshua welcoming the Israelites into the promised land after the Exodus from Egypt. A far better name than Soap Tree, Spanish Dagger or Cabbage Plant tree that it had been called earlier.

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It’s a very interesting place, with lots of empty wilderness, but quite a few sections where you can explore. We took 3 different trails and ended up walking about 6 miles across the desert.

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This is called Skull Rock, where it was warm enough for Sylvia to take her jacket off.

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These next 4 were taken on our walk out to Pine City, where we found a number of isolated Pinyon Pine trees. It was certainly cooler in the open country, and Sylvia bundled up.

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These ltwo were taken on our walk out to Barker Dam which was built to try and preserve water for ranches in the area. The prolonged drought has certainly lowered the water level here as well, and it was almost empty.

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We found a cave with petroglyphs, but they were so vibrant I assume they have been recently enhanced.

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Our last trek was to Hidden Valley where we saw climbers scaling the rocks which surround this small isolated Valley.
Tomorrow we are off to Gold Canyon, and several friends are anxiously waiting for us to arrive. I have to assume it’s because we owe them money! You see, they have purchased tickets for events we are attending this coming month. The social calendar is filling up rapidly.

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10 responses to “Joshua Tree, etc.

  1. One of our favourite parks in SoCal. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit.

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  2. Gorgeous scenery….isn’t God wonderful with His creativity….I just hope you weren’t trying to be a piece of snot in that skull’s nostril……OOOOEEEWWWW!!! (just kidding)

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  3. You know we are charging daily interest 🙂 🙂

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  4. Great pics and stories! We have been to Joshua Tree Park as well. Amazing huge place! It was bitter cold and windy the day we were there. Our friends from Calgary who kept us running all November left yesterday. Sad to see them go but thought now it was time to recover! Oh, oh, so far there are 4 parties and a dance booked then company….. Sounds like the same wonderful times for you two! Enjoy! Safe travels, Karen and Hugh

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  5. Looks like that new camera is working well for you. Great pics!

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  6. Nice pictures! And great job on washing the RV, it looks really good!

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  7. Gorgeous pics, as usual, Rod! Excited to see you guys!

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  8. How nice to get the RV and truck all washed and shiny again. It should last till you return home.

    Nice hike through Joshua tree; a lovely area.

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  9. I loved Joshua Tree, but one of my memories involves picking cactus spines out of somebody’s leg.

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