High Desert Motel
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... have seen in Vietnam and New Zealand. We have a quick lunch at a quirky cafe in the town of Joshua Tree (during which Charlie manages to wind us up by refusing to eat his lunch). We are sitting outside waiting for our sandwiches when it starts to rain - only a little and for a very short time. Not what we expected though - in the desert!
Then we head into the park. Wow! What an amazing and varied place - as Indie said, not what she expected ...
... Visitors Center the ranger reminds us to always keep a look out for rattlesnakes - oh joy.
Instead of the long hike we decide to go for two shorter ones. The first hike is a one-mile loop through a very rocky landscape where cattle thieves used to hide stolen cattle. The trail is quite easy as trails go but we quickly realize that the heat is not to be messed with. Hidden Valley is a beautiful area surrounded by some massive ...
Our morning wake up in Joshua Tree involved some winds and sand but no where near the 50+mph winds hounding the Palm Springs area later that day….a couple we spoke with said the road visibility dropped to ten feet, they drove by looking at the road striping near the shoulder. Nothing like the Haboobs (?) of the mid east, but surprising here.> > > Not to worry, we were headed to a highly rated, low cost mexican restaurant for suitable heat/sweat recovery drinks. > >> ...
... while we went to Walmart in town to get some grilling food. We bought hamburgers, guacamole, salsa, chips and precooked bacon and of course cheese to top off the burgers. At around 5pm we started grilling and the smell was wonderful. We enjoyed our burgers with wine we brought from Borrego Springs which was a nice touch. We then toured the campground which had great rocks to climb on and around. I found a great rock high up to sit on and watch the sunset. Great view!!! By ...
As we drifted along the I8 towards Yuma, we saw a sign that said Petroglyphs. These are rock drawings made by native americans that are found all over this part of the world and can be ancient. often, these depict symbols, as well as depictions of people and animals that may have been used in rituals and ceremonies in sacred places. Of course, they could just be ancient graffiti! No one is really sure. anyhoo…. we stopped to look at the ancient art ...