Monday, November 14th – Wednesday, November 16th
Joshua Tree is one of my favorite parts of the world.
I started Monday after work and drove down toward the “gardens” area. They had some lovely ocotillo there and, just north of that area, is The Cholla Garden.
Oh, how I’ve missed you fuzzy little guys! Well, not so little in this garden area. Totally worth walking through and the signs are delightful.
I could have happily hung out here for a while, but instead headed north and walked the Skull Rock loop. Slowly and a bit tenderly (dang it lava tubes!). Skull Rock is the one that looks kind of like a skull if you could peel all the other tourists off it. So, of course, you get pictures of random other rocks!
Can be a bit hard to tell yucca and joshua trees apart. Yucca have the curly strings that sometimes make them look a bit fuzzy.
The photo at the top of the page was also from this hike. Sunsets are often subtle yet lovely. And sometimes just amazing.
The next afternoon I started by driving down to Keys View.
I stood at the side of the road and watched the sky smoulder and shift. Eventually day gave up its struggle and quieted.
Later I would walk a few blocks down the road from where I was staying and join some rangers and a crowd of fellows as we slowly walked through the oasis under the supermoon’s light. The program touched on moon in local mythology and ecology and it was a lovely evening.
The next afternoon I hiked Split Rock trail.
The final days of the week I stayed out of the park and explored Wonder Valley.