Monday, March 10, 2014

Another Day Trip

Any Guesses as to what this is? And no, it's not a water tower. We passed it on our way out of town headed for Joshua Tree National Park. I know what it is but just curious how many of you who have been here.

Hwy 62 (Twentynine Palms Highway)

We came in  The west entrance  located five miles south of the junction of Highway 62 and Park Boulevard at Joshua Tree Village. There is much to read about Joshua Tree National Park  If you are interested, please click on the above link
Joe pointed out the pretty little desert flowers. The desert isn't "in bloom" yet like we remember. I imagine it will be in a few weeks.

 These rock formations are a result of earthquakes thousands of years ago.
We enjoyed climbing around some of the smaller formations.

This pretty little butterfly was not afraid of us big footed human beings.

These Joshua Trees bloom and the flowers are white. But we got there to late in the season to see most of them in bloom
Joe took these next two pictures at Keys View. He framed Big Bear Mountain with this Joshua Tree. I thought that was pretty clever.  

From the same view point, this is a portion of the Cochella Valley. You continue up the path you can see the Salton Sea on a clear day.
It was definitely a day for rock climbing. It seems there was climbers on all the big "rocks"

This is CAP rock and yes, both men and women were climbing it too.  At the foot of it, a Park Ranger was giving a talk, but we didn't get out of the car to hear it.  We have been here quite a few times anyway.

It just baffles us how this thing has been hanging around for so long. The first time Joe saw it was in the early 80's when he drove Greyhound Bus  for Oregon Agate and Mineral Society on tour and it was one of their stops.

There are many weird/odd formations  on this drive.

These two ravens were conversing

probably ticked off because people were climbing all over "their" rock!!

The skull is always one of our favorites.  Over the years, it has eroded but you can still see the Skull.

I was waving at this guy

While he was waving back at me.

This is the old, abandoned Belle Silver mine. I had to use the binoculars to find it and then I zoomed out my camera lens as far as I could and snapped the picture.  Not to bad.
Our last stop was at the Cholla Garden Boy has it grown since we were there last.

Just down the road was the Occotillo patch. It was a full day for us. I didn't really want to cook when we got home, so we stopped in Indio for a nice prime rib dinner.

Mr. Joe's ear is much better. He has two more days of antibiotics. As soon as he heard the pickleball hitting the paddles on the courts this morning (just down the path from where we are parked), he was off for a morning of pickle ball.