Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Joshua Tree National Park

We took the Mustang for a spin today and visited Joshua Tree National Park. If you're wondering what a Joshua Tree is, this is a pretty good specimen.

The park is filled with geological wonders we will never understand, such as Jumbo Rock. Yeah, well, it sure is.

A highlight of our park experience was the drive to Key's view. Here's a shot of a - you guessed it - Joshua Tree and the road to Key's view.

Once we got to the top, we enjoyed a panoramic view from 5200 feet. This shot of the valley below is toward Indio. Bullwinkle is down there somewhere!

On the way out of the park we stopped at the Cholla Gardens and saw this incredible display of "Jumping Teddy Bear" cholla. Yeah, they look cute and fuzzy. But, guess what? They aren't.

As we headed toward the southern gate of the park, there was a moment where the best view was behind us. (And, yes, objects are closer than they appear!)

Our day in the desert was fun, indeed. We made it home in time to welcome many newcomers to our humble park, enjoy some dinner and watch our beloved Jayhawks lose one.


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