Joshua Tree National Park

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Mastadon Peak in south Joshua Tree NP

Saturday was wash and clean Phaeton Place inside and out. The park had water problems for two days so we had to wait until they fixed the pipes. We enjoyed a pancake breakfast in the family centre by the pool and then got to work on cleaning our home. Chris cranked up her iPod with the Bose speakers and set about cleaning the inside like the tasmanian devil. Meanwhile, I started with the power sprayer to hose off the roof. I thought the roof would have been dirtier than it was, but it wasn’t really too bad. After that it was soap down the sides in sections and then use the power sprayer to wash it down. It worked great and left no streaks.Tongue out I even washed the Vue to boot and we were all done shortly after 1 pm.

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Arch Rock in Joshua Tree NP

Saturday afternoon, we ran a few errands. Chris went to Walmart for a few groceries while I checked with a Goodyear tire shop about a new set of tires for our 2007 Vue. We are pushing 80,000 km on the original tires and it is time for some new ones. Long story short, the Vue goes in for service at a nearby GM dealer on Monday morning and then into Goodyear for tires on Monday afternoon.

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Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park

Today was our day for Joshua Tree National park. We entered the park via the south entrance, about 30 miles east of Palm Desert on I-10, and had a fabulous day exploring most of the park. Simply put, there is just too much to see in only one day, but we gave it our best shot. Entry fee is $15 per vehicle and the pass is good for seven days. We started with a good 4 mile hike to Mastadon Peak in the south end of the park near Cottonwood Spring. From the summit, we could see Salton Sea on the horizon to the south. Joshua Tree National Park is comprised of two desert regions. The eastern half below 3000 ft above sea level, lies within the Colorado Desert. The western half of the park above 3000 ft is Mojave Desert habitat. The desert is exactly what I remember from watching western movies as a boy. Course, almost gravel like, sand with cacti everywhere and huge granite rocks seemingly erupting from the ground at random. Absolutely breathtaking. We spent about 2 hours hiking around Cottonwood Springs area and then slowly headed north through the park in our vehicle, eventually exiting at Hwy 62 near Yucca Valley around 4 PM.

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Chris below Mastadon Peak

We got back to TT Palm Springs shortly after 5 pm. and enjoyed an excellent supper at our place with Dennis and Barb. Chris prepared her always excellent, schnitzel, schpeztle und salate and Barb brought a great apple pie. Olind and Marilee joined us for some cards after supper. Another great day in southern California.