Sunday, January 27, 2013

Jumbo Rocks

Fred and I hadn't been up to Joshua Tree in a while (and Fred had not met Jessica's beau) so we decided there was no time like the present to take the two hour trip north.  
We absolutely lucked out with the weather, considering it was January.  
We camped at Jumbo Rocks; there is plenty of privacy and you can hike in any direction from the campground (unless you are Jessica and still recovering from a broken leg, of course).  

On a random hill we stumbled across some petroglyphs.  

Jacob made chile rellenos for dinner.  

The next day we parted ways in the early afternoon so we could do another hike before heading back home.  Once again we decided not to take a set trail but to wander.  
Joshua Tree National Park is so unique.  We spent much of the time not just wandering but wondering... why is it we don't spend more time here?

"There is nothing so American as our national parks... the fundamental idea behind the parks... is that  the country belongs to the people, that it is in the process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us."  
-Franklin Roosevelt

1 comment:

  1. I wish I had discovered Joshua Tree sooner as well. There is something truly magical about it.

    “I speak for the trees” from Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is a favorite quote used in Joshua Tree National Park’s publications. Every time I visit, I can certainly understand why. The trees looked very Seuss-like — odd and quirky. You captured that really well in the one photo of the cacti.

    Some of the boulders looked very neatly arranged. There’s a science to these rock piles and I can’t even begin to explain it. So, for those interested in how these rocks were stacked by the forces of nature, we want Biologist Brady to tell me!

    Looks like an idyllic way to spend a day. Wow.


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