Wildflowers 2019 - Joshua Tree National Park

Wildflowers 2019 - Joshua Tree National Park

I would first like to apologize to the flowers that I could NOT avoid stepping on during this blooming odyssey. I did my best to avoid you, but in some places it was unavoidable. Yes, I’m talking about you, small white groundcover flowers. You blanketed some areas as far as the eye could see and I applaud you for your effulgence and miniature splendor. I tried to tread lightly and stay on free ground, but I know I hurt some of you.

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Fortynine Palms Oasis - Joshua Tree National Park

Fortynine Palms Oasis - Joshua Tree National Park

Well, I finally got around to hiking to Fortynine Palms Oasis early this January. The call of the trail was always there, lurking in the back of my mind with all those other cool destinations awaiting their turn. When it managed to bubble to the surface (kinda like those bubbles you see at the La Brea Tar Pits), I thought, why not? Tac3 had been ready to go for a while, so early that Monday morning I hit the road.

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Stirrup Rock: The Scenic Route - Joshua Tree National Park

Stirrup Rock: The Scenic Route - Joshua Tree National Park

The Stirrup Rock area, located near White Tank Campground, is a great place to spend a day hiking, scrambling and photographing. Literally tons of rocks to climb, name, take pictures off, fall off of, get scraped on and explore. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a hidden dam, or Native American campsites with bedrock mortars, pictographs and petroglyphs. If you’re unlucky, you’ll still have a great time.

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Where I Went - Joshua Tree National Park

Where I Went - Joshua Tree National Park

After a nearly five-month hiatus, I was finally able to return to JTree for a day to see what I could find. The withdrawls had been wreaking havoc, what with seeing amazing photos posted on social media from the great explortographers I follow. But I was finally back amidst the quartz monzonite, desert silence and unknown territory.

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