Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Joshua Tree National Park

In 18 years of living in southern California, I'd never been to Joshua Tree. The high desert is beautiful, if a bit on the chilly side, this time of year.

Driving through the park, we stopped at the cholla gardens. There were thousands of these cactus plants in a small area. They're somewhat soft and fuzzy looking, aren't they? But DON'T TOUCH! They aren't soft at all!

There's an overlook where we stopped to take a look into the valley. You can see for miles and miles. The haze wasn't too bad on the day we stopped.

Now, big rocks and Joshua trees are what we come to see here! There are campsites among some of the big rocks. We didn't stay here this time, tho. Maybe in the springtime when it's warmer.

We hiked up to Lost Horse Mine. Approximately 10,000 ounces of gold were mined from here between 1894 and 1931. You can read about it here.

I'm hoping to visit all of the national parks in the west at some point. It may take a while, tho. Stay tuned.