The Joshua Tree
Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
34Trip End May 05, 2011
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Immediately, it struck me that the harsh conditions were not so desolate as I imagined. Life was all around us, it just took some looking. Insects, lizards and small mammals made their homes under our feet and hid from the heat of the sun while ravens hung by the desert winds. As the heat built we moved northwards towards the Mojave. Subtly, the scenery changed. The sparse weeds and shrubbery made way for cactii and the Seussian Joshua Tree. These trees are the keys to survival in the Mojave. Every part of the plant is used by other plants and animals to shelter, burrow and feed.
The day wore on and the heat drained us. We walked a little to see what we could in the cactus gardens
As the light faded the life began to return against the shadowy backdrop of boulders. The beauty of the land became more apparent - life would prevail over elements.
As we drove off toward our next destination, we passed by an odd sight - an original London Bridge over Lake Havasu. Complete with period detailing and a nearby British village it was a bizarre contrast. I wondered why anyone would do this. Perhaps after conquering such an inhospitable land, anything goes.