We HAVE been having fun since we reached the desert and started drying out from the months spent between the Oregon coast and San Francisco this past rainy winter. After spending a couple nights in Bakersfield and seeing Buck Owens' club ...
|Buck Owens' custom convertible behind the bar at the Chrystal Palace|
... we headed for Joshua Tree National Park.
We visited Joshua Tree for the first time back in 2014 and really loved the park. We had a favorite campground and really hoped we could find a spot there this year. Unfortunately we had to spend a night in an overflow camping area because Belle Campground was full, but the next morning we got a great spot there.
Joshua Tree is a unique place and a photographer's dream. Everywhere you look there are huge vistas, weird-shaped Joshua Trees and piles of boulders looking as though a giant child had just dumped them out on the floor. The lighting is magical and the park is so huge the other visitors are not in the way.
|Joshua Tree with rocks|
|Joshua Tree with sunset|
|The geology tour road at Joshua Tree NP|
|Historic Keys Ranch--a homesteading family lived here for decades|
|Original artifacts at the Eagle Cliff mine site|
|View from Eureka Peak (second-highest in the park) across to Mt. San Jacinto (second-highest in So. Calif.|