I am the lorax. I speak for the trees!
Trip Start Jan 01, 2006
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Following David and Daphne's suggestion, rather than drive directly to Las Vegas, we followed the Extraterrestrial Highway (so named because it skirts Area 51) across central Nevada. We did see one airplane that inexplicably disappeared from our sight in an instant...very odd and the sky to the south mysteriously had orange clouds like a sunset at 2:30 in the afternoon. We also saw some wild mustangs frolicking near the road...they might have been aliens
We began our day at 7am the next morning, destination - Death Valley. The valley, which received its appellation from a miner whose party lost one of its members while traveling through it, is much prettier than its name would suggest. We started at the Ranger Station where we were regaled with stories of dumb hikers who thought they could outlast summer temperatures in the 120's. Duly warned we drank plenty of water before heading to the Devil's Golf Course in the Badwater Basin. The ranger had advised us that a rare salt pool had formed the day before and that we should seek it out as seeing one is a once in a lifetime opportunity. After a bit of poking around the harsh and very hard landscape of salt, ZoŽ and I (with the help of strangers) stumbled upon it. In the middle of salt flats was this beautiful small pool
Joshua Tree National Park is a fairly small park and you can't help but think of Dr. Seuss when you see the forest of Joshua Trees. I am the lorax. I speak for the trees (see photo of ZoŽ)! They are a strange fuzzy looking sort of tree but lovely all the same. We went on a few hikes (one to an oasis) and meandered through a cholla cactus forest (see photo). For some reason, these are called teddy bear cacti, but I can assure they did not feel like a teddy bear when I hugged them. Afterwards we drove through the Chocolate Mountains (really!), which unfortunately do not taste anything like their name might suggest and landed in San Diego just in time to have dinner with ZoŽ's friend Heidi, her two beautiful children and her mother
Upcoming stops: Possibly Tijuana, Los Angeles, San Francisco and places in between
Critters seen: three lizards, two bats, one grey fox, wild horses, desert rat, antelope squirrel, coots
Miles traveled: 6100
Number of tattoo parlors in Twentynine Palms: Greater than 30
Number of barber shops open late in Twentynine Palms: Greater than 30 (for last minute Marine haircuts)
Number of hotel rooms available in Twentynine Palms: 2