Friday, April 28, 2017

Joshua Tree National Park

We're on the road again. We're headed west to California and then up to the Northwest for the summer. We got a later start than normal this year due to the need to meet our new grandson and pack up a house, but now we're on the go - it feels good. First stop is to visit Joshua Tree National Park.

We've seen Joshua Trees before on the drive from Phoenix to Las Vegas on US 93. We're obviously very familiar with the desert having lived so long in Arizona so I wasn't sure how special this national park would be for us. As usual, the National Park Service taught us information and effectively directed us to the highlights of the park. I could give away information (like Joshua Trees aren't really trees, what two deserts meet here) but I don't want to spoil it for you. Due to our background we made it through the park relatively quickly (4 hours) and are, once again, thankful for the National Park Service for preserving/guarding special places and endangered environments. This is a special park, like the rest of the NPS managed locations, so don't hesitate to make a visit (and give money to the National Park Foundation!).




 


Skull Rock

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spring update


View from the deck of our townhouse
It's mid-March, March Madness is upon us along with an early batch of 90 degree weather. I guess it is to remind us to hit the road for the summer, as if we need to be reminded. It is supposed to get back to those glorious mid-70s after a few days so this is just a teaser. If you've never been to AZ, 90 degrees feels great here with essentially 0 humidity, so it isn't like we are suffering.

We've been all settled into the townhouse for a while and able to get some hikes in. We are generally relaxing and enjoying our new place. We'll be flying to the Frozen Four this year (in Chicago) in early April and come home via Tacoma where we'll see our new grandson who will be "out" and ready for visitation by then. Once we get back it will be time to prepare for our summer trip.
Pool and stream at end of
Hieroglyphic Trail

Look for trip posts to begin the last week of April - the first stop will be Joshua Tree NP.

Here are a few pictures from hikes in the Superstition Mountains near our home.


Hieroglyphic Trail
Petroglyphs on Hieroglyphic Trail
Gold Canyon from top of mountain

View along top of mountain

Lost Goldmine Trail
Lost Goldmine Trail