Climbing Joshua Tree’s Cap Rock

Here are some more photos from our time in Joshua Tree National Park. On this day we hiked around the Cap Rock area and Trey and I did some boulder climbing/scrambling up to the top. Click for a larger view of this panorama

Forty-Nine Palms Oasis

On September 23rd, Heidi’s birthday, we decided to hike to the Forty Nine Palms Oasis, one of 5 Desert Fan Palm oases in Joshua Tree National Park. It was a 3.3 mile hike up and down the desert mountain side to a nicely shaded oasis. Interestingly, an oasis forms where the tectonic plates have shifted […]

Desert Bighorn Sheep of Joshua Tree

Our first morning in Joshua Tree Nat’l Park we woke up before the sun rose and hiked to Barker Dam. The dam was built in 1900 by early cattlemen and still stands today. A park ranger told us there was a pretty good chance we’d see bighorn sheep there in the early morning since they […]

Salt Flats in Southern California

While driving from Joshua Tree National Park to the Mojave National Preserve, we passed an area that looked really interesting on Google Maps. I wasn’t sure what it was so I decided we would stop when we got there. It turned out to be salt flats – large reservoirs that are filled with salt water […]

Mojave Desert Lava Beds

In the northeast corner of the Mojave National Preserve you leave the vast Kelso Dunes and come across a low ridge of black lava rock that seems to stretch on forever (check it out on Google Maps). We parked and hiked about a mile to the edge of the lava beds. I was impressed that […]

Mojave National Preserve, Kelso, CA

Kelso is an old mining town in the center of the Mojave Desert National Preserve that the Union Pacific railroad passes through. The town’s old train depot has been renovated to hold the NPS visitor center, a museum, and a restaurant. After a short visit to the depot we headed just south of the Kelso […]

Trey Pics: CA, NV & UT

Here are some of my favorite photos of Trey’s from our time in California, Nevada, and Utah.