Joshua Tree, Part II

Meanwhile, back at the park. . . .

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We were here after pretty heavy rains. The shoulders of the main road are composed of sand and a lot of them had washed away. It has to be a lot more brown in the dry summer months.

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This is Skull Rock. See the eyes and nose?

Here’s a side view with a kid in a white baseball cap so you can see the size of the rocks:

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From then on, it was Joshua Trees and more rock formations.

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According to geologists, this landscape is more than 100 million years old.

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We drove up to a lookout called Keys View. On a clear day you can see pretty far, but there dust storms that day. . . .

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The mountain on the left is Mt. San Jacinto, which we visited the previous day. More on that in the future. The peak on the right is San Gorgonio, which is visible from northern San Diego County.

A closer look at San Gorgonio:

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Kind of fun to see snow when it’s 90F.

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If a Joshua Tree doesn’t bloom, it won’t form branches. Yucca moths pollinate the trees and then feed the seeds to their young.

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I would have loved to be there at sunset when the rocks turn orange, but we’d already been there most of the day. My son said the stars at night are just incredible there.

I’ll be posting on Tuesdays and Fridays from now on. Gives me more time between posts.
Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

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10 Responses to Joshua Tree, Part II

  1. allesistgut says:

    What an amazing place. Great photos, too! 🙂

  2. Extraordinary primitive landscape – wonderful. I was waiting for Ursula Andress to appear from behind a rock, as in her memorable biopic “10,000yrs BC” or something like that:)

  3. It seems like you could go an entire day without running into another human. Did you see any animals, or is it too hot during the day?

    • We saw only a few birds, Jackie. It was pretty hot that day and we stayed near the main road. There were a few cars, but most were parked at the campsites. It was pretty lonely out there.

  4. Cheryl says:

    Spectacular terrain. Beautiful images, Carole. Yes, I did see the eyes and nose of skull rock!

  5. Lady Jennie says:

    Just beautiful! There is so much I don’t know about the West. I’d never heard of that tree or that place, and 100 million years old? Wow!!

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