Joshua Tree National Park

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This is a Joshua Tree, and it’s not even a real tree.  You can look it up if you want to know more about it.  I just want to record our trip to this park.  Geological formations abound.  Rock formations, mountains, desert, canyons, valleys: all are in this park, and some you won’t find anywhere else in the US.  How do I even begin to post pictures?

We went on a crisp, cool, spring day, perfect for hiking and seeing the sights.  We started out at the skull, a rock formation that looks amazingly like a skull, hence its name.  We explored some great little canyons around the area and traveled down the road.  We stopped at Ryan Mountain and Kelly made us climb it.  We were at about 4300 feet and the top of Ryan Mountain is over 5400 feet.  At the top you are over a mile into the sky, but you have to walk to get their.  John and I made it about 75% of the way; Kelly made it all the way.

We walked a hidden canyon where rustled cattle were once hidden, we watched a pair of climbers repell the Big Burrito, and we strolled through a cholla (“choy-a) cactus garden.  The most amazing part of all this is that this was Kelly’s first visit to a national park, any national park.  She is 37; we deprived her as a child.  But we made up for it yesterday.  Family time is the best time.

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