The Perils of the Cholla Cactus Garden

The afternoon that we arrived at Joshua Tree National Park, we drove in at the south entrance through the Pinto Basin between the Hexie (south) and Pinto (north) Mountains, nearly 20 miles to our campsite. There in the Pinto Basin, the Cholla Cactus Garden resides. The cholla cactus (also known as the “jumping cholla”) is […]

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 […]

Trey Pics: CA, NV & UT

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