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Today is the day we venture into our first national park on the trip. With the sun coming up early and shining through the windows the boys are awake early and Ewan is sporting a puffy red right eye that he can't open. It's matched nicely with a number of bites on his cheeks, arms, hand and elbows and he looks as though something has found him very …
Goodbye San Diego, time to jump back in the car and drive out to the desert. Our destination today is 29 Palms, which is about an hour past Palm Springs and at the entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park. Today's plan, drive to the Desert Hills Premium Outlets, a spot of shopping and lunch, then to Palm Springs to ride the tramway before making …
... for an interesting morning ride. With few options, we head west to California on the I10 and encounter gusting crosswinds that limited my speed to a pedestrian 70mph which separated me from the herd. My only concern with this situation was - my mobile was on recharge in a mate's saddlebag as I watch them disappear over the horizon. We did however meet up at the General Patton Museum in Chiriaco sometime later...much to my relief. After lunch with the General, we left the ...
... open valley full of Joshua trees, with mountains surrounding it on all sides.It wasn't really much of a "forest" since the joshua trees don't grow very close to each other. But it was still stunning to drive down the road with joshua trees whizzing by on both sides. I also saw the biggest joshua tree of the whole trip here. It must have been 30 - 40 feet tall.
- Hall of Horrors Trail: This was a big rock complex right next to the road, with a trail ...
... the evening in style. Next morning after breakfast we watched the Steam Train run through our Campground! We not only came this way for Durango but also to visit Mesa Verde National Park. Quite a different National Park as this is not about Colorful Rock Formations but about the Cliff Dwellings that the Native Americans (the Ancestral Puebloans) built here. You find these Cliff Dwellings on the whole Colorado Plateau but here at Mesa Verde you get a ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRoughley Manor Twentynine Palms
As I left the Joshua Tree forest and followed my GPS's directions across the desert, a foreboding came upon me that I was either very lost or I had made a very bad lodging error. I was literally in the middle of a vast desert, on a dirt road, with only small desert dwellings in my view. It was then I saw an Oasis. Literally, the Roughley Manor is set in the middle of an Oasis of extremely large palm trees forming the perimeter of the most delightful setting.
I enter the main stone home to the smell of baking chocolate chip cookies. I'm home. I had elected to stay in one of the two suites within the main house. The evenings would be chilly and there is a separate living room with a fireplace. The perfect setting for a romantic evening with my honey. The Magnolia Suite was well appointed, spacious and tastefully decorated. My wife, who has a keen eye, was truly impressed by the decorating of the entire home and a peak into a couple of the cottages that are on the grounds.
This home has been restored and maintained with meticulous loving care. It is a labor of love to attain and maintain the high quality I observed. Walking the grounds is like being in a fairytale. You could see the signs of attentive landscaping professionals everywhere and pathways were all recently cleaned and raked. Outdoor furnishings and settings are extremely comfortable and provide venues for couples or small groups to gather. The water features accent the entire setting to be just perfect.
Breakfast - The two we enjoyed were out of this world. Artfully crafted, the presentation and taste was five star quality.
I highly recommend a stay at the Roughley Manor to anyone who plans to visit the Joshua Tree National Forest or who has any other reason for being in the area
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