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 often come down to graze by the reservoir.

We did see a good number of sheep and Trey did a great job of keeping quiet so that we could stealthily creep as close as possible (they are pretty high strung creatures and jump at the slightest sound). On the hike back to the car we also saw a cottontail rabbit and some quail. Trey was quite surprised at the amount of noise the quail can make when they take off on their short bursts of flight.

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