Thursday, April 13, 2017

Joshua Tree National Park-Desert

We just spent the past week in Palm Springs and area for Spring break. Daily temps of 33c were the norm, as were shorts, t-shirts, swimming, a bit of golf, great mexican food, margaritas and tennis after sundown. 

One day we ventured up to Joshua Tree national Park. The temp went from 89F to 64F with a breeze that cooled everything down. The park has two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado desert. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness.

On one hike we did, we came around the trail with Face Rock in our full view. A collision of boulders standing almost 200 ft high and thousands of feet wide was before us. On one side, there is the unmistakable collection of rocks that look like an elephant. As you gaze across the landscape more images appear: bulbous noses, protruding chins and glaring eyes. The landscape here with all the flowers and cactus in bloom is amazing.

It was a special trip travelling with the family. We are now home with the morning temp at -1c and new snow on the ground. We will be back to the desert again.

Robert Krysak

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