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Well, we finally made it to Joshua Tree!  Due to a U.S. government shutdown, and a scheduling conflict we have missed Joshua twice in the past. Sadly, we both felt Joshua Tree was somewhat of a disappointment. It lacked the awesome views, and any decent trails. Maybe it’s because we missed seeing it twice, that we were expecting something unbelievable.  I am sure many will disagree, but the previous National Parks in California really packed a punch and Joshua Tree was just not up to the same caliber.

Don’t get us wrong, it was nice to see, but we would recommend other parks first, only visit Joshua Tree is you are in the area. We did however, enjoy the 35 C weather while we visited. Our sunscreen budget has really taken a hit this last week.

Well on with the photos:

 

Southern California evenings are the best. 28 Degrees at 9:00pm

Southern California evenings are the best. 28 Degrees at 9:00pm

We entered from the less used south entrance, and exited from the North.

We entered from the less used south entrance, and exited from the North.

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Picture yourself driving along this road in the middle of nowhere…….   ok now look our the window where you are sitting. Which is better?  Time to hit the road, Summer is coming!

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Desert Oasis

So we all know that Oasis’ happen because of underground plates hitting each other, and pushing one plate higher than the other forcing ground water to the surface. Right?

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It was interesting to see such lush green trees growing in the middle of a very dry, hot place.

Next stop was the Cactus Garden.

Next stop was the Cactus Garden.

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Do ahead and laugh away. It's hot with no shade in sight.

Do ahead and laugh away. It’s hot with no shade in sight. ( I know the hat is pretty stylish)

Nothing to see here folks

Nothing to see here folks

Finally we get to see some Joshua Trees!

Finally we get to see some Joshua Trees!

Joshua Tree only grow in the Northern part of the park, in the Mojave Desert. The southern part of the park is the Colorado Desert, and Joshua Trees do not grow here.

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The Park Ranger we spoke with in the Information Center was so excited about this particular tree. This is the only tree in the park that grew straight up “like a telephone pole”. He said we had to see it, so this photo is for you Mr. Ranger. We saw it!

A view of Palm Springs in the distance.

A view of Palm Springs in the distance. If you can see past the haze caused by Pollution.

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I think its time for a nice cold beverage after today!

And to close off-  Joshua Tree is nice, just go see Redwoods and Sequoia first. That`s our opinion.