Sunday, March 25, 2007



While we were at Desert Hot Springs, we went to "Joshua Tree National Park". This is a "Joshua" Tree..."Kind-a-cool" looking in a wiered sorta way...All of the trees that you see in this picture are "Joshua" Trees...they provide very little shade...they are sorta dry and dead looking, for-the-most-part...But there are millions of them in this area...Thus the title "Joshua Tree National Forest"... Really nothing like any forest that I've ever seen...

There are many interesting rock formations there, as well...theis is just one of many that we saw...I thinik you are at about 6,000 feet at the top of the mountain and there are many places that you can lool out over the sprawling valley where Palm Springs, the Salton Sea, Desert Hot Sprngs, Rancho Mirage, etc. are located...


Here is a picture of one of the vistas...it was kinda hazey but still...you get the picture...

While we were at Joshua Tree, we met some "'o6ers"...Duane and Linda...whe spent the better part of the day and evening with them touring the park and having dinner together...it was really lots of fun, getting to know them...this life really is a "surprise party" each and every day...meeting new people and seeing new things along the way, we are so blessed to be able to live this way...





This next picture is of us following Linda and Duane on the way out of the park...I know that we must have put at least 100 miles on our both cars that day...but it was really fun to see...


Now this is a photo of "Cap Rock"...Very cool...don-cha-think???

This is a grove of cactus...that looked like it had been in a forest fire, at one time, and had grown new life after the fire...it was a burnt brown on the bottom and a light green on the top , it also had evidence of the fact that it had bloomed this spring...Now there is "HOPE" for ya...We were talking about the look of the cactus and Linda said that it looked like the grove had suffered some kind of "STRESS"...maybe from the extremely cold winter that the desert had this year...but they "SURVIVED"...Like we allk do in this life...we must be strong...,but we do survive... and not just survive, but "BLOOM" right where we were planted...some more of my 2 cents...free to all of you...

1 comment:

rbgilbert said...

The stress that blackened the cholla cactus is the long term drought, not the recent chill. Most of the new green growth on top of the cactus came after the heavy winter rains two years ago.

BTW, it's a National Park, not a National Forest. National Forests are administered by the Dept of Agriculture for harvesting trees.