The first thing I noticed when I visited Joshua Tree was the unusual shapes of the Joshua Trees. Some reminded me of Sanskrit. This slow-growing tree was named by Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-1800s, The tree was named after the Old Testament prophet Joshua, as its branches reminded them of Joshua raising his arms to pray.
The second thing I noticed, and which humorously haunted me for the rest of my stay in the park, was all the boulders. They reminded me of that rock monster, Gorignak, that attacked Jason Nesbit in the Movie Galaxy Quest. I kept expecting Gorignak to rise up from the stones. Frankly, I was disappointed that he didn’t. It turns out that scene from the movie was filmed in Green River, UT – Goblin Valley.
FYI – for those following my journey, this should have been posted a month ago when I was still in Desert Hot Springs.
Pros: Easy going shady RV Park, friendly staff, large gravel pull thru spot. Clean restrooms and showers. Super reasonable prices with Passport America. Large Laundry room. Close to dining and shopping. Great Verizon Coverage. Plenty of air TV channels to chose from.
Cons: Sketchy neighborhood, no gates, anyone can come and go. Dog park is all gravel. Pool was closed but looked clean. No Cable. Road close by a little noisy.
I am hitting the road again after 7 months at Catalina Spa in Desert Hot Springs. While I enjoyed the rest, relaxation and the mineral pools this FootlooseandFancyFree women is meant to be on the road. I’ll be winding my way north and east with stops in Albuquerque, Taos, Colorado Springs, and Laramie. I look forward to visiting with friends and seeing what these areas have to offer along the way.
Follow me while I follow the voice of my calling dreams.
This T-Rex was featured in many films. I recognized him from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. I first saw him in October naked. 6 weeks later I was delighted to see him dressed as Santa. Then he got all dolled up in a Tux for Valentine’s Day. I’m curious if he was embarrassed to be dressed us as the Easter Bunny, or does he wear it proudly? His latest outfit looks like he’s ready for the beach. It’s too bad I’m leaving the area and can’t see what’s next for this T-Rex’s wardrobe.
Specializing in the deserts of the world, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert, CA is like no place else. From the African Savannah to wild Americas to Australian Adventures. I loved seeing the cheetah, Jaguar, painted dogs and giraffes. The Australian adventure is their newest addition, it was fun to walk around with the cage less wallabies. I also was amazed at the huge model railroad. I understand it is one of the worlds largest LGB model railroad layouts, with 3,115 feet of track.
Big Bear Lake in Southern California is a gorgeous four season mountain lake escape. It’s known for Bear Mountain Ski resort. The quaint village streets are lined with restaurants and gift shops. It’s a beautiful area and a nice respite from the desert.
First off, kudos to a cute name. Bearizona, in Williams, AZ is approximately 160 acres. You can drive through more than 3 miles of Ponderosa Pine Forest viewing North American animals in natural habitats. More animals are exhibited in Fort Bearizona, a beautiful 20 acre walk through area, along winding paths, which is more of a zoo experience. A perfect family outing during the Pandemic.
Fifty thousand years ago a giant fireball streaked across the North American sky. It struck the earth in northern Arizona, exploding with a force 150 times greater than the atomic bomb. In a blinding flash, a huge iron-nickel meteorite estimated to have been 150 feet across and weighing several hundred thousand tons, struck the rocky plain. In seconds, a crater 700 feet deep, over 4,000 feet across, and 2.4 miles in circumference was carved into this once flat rocky plain. It boggles my mind.
There is a great Discovery Center and Space Museum, and even a 15 minute movie exploring the mystery of the meteor. I also enjoyed browsing through the gift center. It’s a must see s-it if you you are near northern Arizona.
Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park is perfect for exploration and discovery. It is known for its fossils, especially fallen trees that lived in the Late Triassic Epoch, about 225 million years ago. It was a delight walking around these ancient giants.