Trip Start Feb 10, 2012
Trip End Jun 10, 2012

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Joshua Tree Ranch Joshua Tree National Park
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , California
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I was 107F when I arrived and now, 2 days later, its 111F.  Too hot for comfort.  The only comfortable time to go outside is early in the morning or in the evening.  Thankfully it does cool down at night to a more comfortable 85F and because there is very low humidity it feels fine.

On Monday we took a drive out to the nearby Joshua Tree National Park.  This is a pretty unique place from where you can look down on the San Andreas fault.  The park ranger offered to point it out to us on the map but I wondered out loud if this was really necessary.  He said "don't worry, it's not going to be active today"  How did he know?   I'm not happy staying so close to one of the biggest fault lines on earth.  Earthquakes are so common place in his area that the local paper reports the previous day's acitivities along with the local weather forecast.  This is an extremely hazardous place.

Yesterday morning Betsy and I went to the onsite golf course where she played with her girl friends.  And a nicer bunch of people you couldn't wish to meet.  This is a pretty idealic lifestyle, if only someone would turn the suna down and move the fault line.

In the afernoon we went up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.  Now I knew that it was going to go up a mountain and I knew that I was going on a tram.  That much I had deduced, but what I didn't know is that this tram is like nothing I have every experienced before.  It is actually a round cable car with a rotating floor that swings and sways out over deep, deep gorges!  It was the scariest thing that I have ever done.  But the view from the top was amazing and well worth the terror. We looked down over the whole Palm Spring, Desert Hot Springs Valley including, again, the San Andreas fault!

This morning we did the far more down to earth "Celebrity Tour".  Palm Springs has been home for many, many celebrities over the years including Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monro, Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Barry Mannilow, etc.  All these people can't be wrong. They had the money to live anywhere on earth and chose here.  The place reeks of opulance.  Another place I would like to come back to. 

On Friday we set off for Seattle via Los Vegas, Sion National Park, Bryce Canyon and Salt Lake City, Utah, then on through Idaho, Oregan and finally Lake Cushman, Hoodsport where Jack and Betsy live in the summer.  We should reach there by 25th May. 
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Tanya on

So pleased you're with jack & betsy & it sounds like fun which is no surprise with them. Enjoy your road trip! Love tan xx

retiredandcrazy on

Thanks Tan xxx

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