What I Saw - Joshua Tree National Park

Trek date: April 30, 2018

Park you vehicle anywhere (safely and legally), grab your hiking gear and start hiking in the direction that no one else would go. That's what I did and here are some of the things I found (in no particular order).

The ugliest rock in Joshua Tree National Park. I challenge anyone to find an uglier.

I've been on many hikes in JT where a nice, cool shower would have been great. Alas, I tried the valve, but no water. Far enough in the middle of nowhere that modesty would not be a worry.

The MBC count on this 3-hour-tour came in at 3.

A rare sighting of the elusive "Nolinapercher."

The open range.

I didn't do it, honest.

I'm sure this thing is important, probably some kind of sensor keeping track of lizards. Big Brother.

Jimson Weed, these plants have some of the largest flowers you'll find out in the park. I see lots of them along the shoulders of Park Blvd., they must like the runoff.

Valley of the Fallen.

He thought he was so clever, trying to blend in with the rock. I almost took him for granite.

A forty-two stitched image panorama. Ok, that may have been a bit of an exaggeration. 

A little bit of color.

A pile of dark rocks.

I felt like I was being watched.

Doesn't everyone carry a crystal ball while hiking?

If the cap were to slip off the top at the moment this picture was taken, I might have had to buy a new truck.

My crystal ball led me to this nice "old and new" shot. Then it told me to look over there.

So I looked over there, and then had to hike over there. "Now look way up the hill," it said.

Egads, more climbing. And each one of those rocks on the ground attempted to twist my ankle.

Possibly the largest Nolina bloom I've yet to run across.

It's too bad you can't turn these things in for a recycling fee.

Sometimes this is what I see through the lens.

Wherever you go, there you are. What I saw.

If any of my finds capture your interest, feel free to download them and do with them as you will. And in the meantime, stay safe out there.

No lizards were stepped on, no snake startled, no flowers picked, no trash left behind during the course of this excursion. #LNT