|(Note : I put the pictures from my phone on here and added comments. Then I got the ones from Matthew's phone. They didn't all get in exactly the right place and some of the comments are repetitious. Sorry!)|
Though Matthew had lots to do during the school break, he needed to take some vacation.
He took a week off towards the beginning of January
and off we went on an adventure!
We left on a Saturday morning heading to Yucca Valley
where we stayed three nights.
Brings a few memories to mind :)
|This was rather amusing!|
|Heading kind of from LA towards Palm Springs|
|Several spots along the trail had shafts scattered everywhere.|
They were all filled in, though.
|Maybe you can read this...|
|Cottonwood Springs, where the hike started|
|Another kind of cactus|
|Lost Palms Oasis viewed from the trail leading down into it|
|We thought these looked interesting!|
|We ate lunch, talked to some guys from New York, and explored some|
(I knew one was from Baltimore because he sounded like Dr. Flynn!)
|No, there was no water around! They say that oasis form at fault lines and underground |
water seeps up closer to the surface at these places. Also, there was something about there not
being very many of these kind of palms left or something.
|On the drive back, we took a video of entering the Cholla forest.|
There is regular vegetation, with an occasional cholla plant cactus and then,
suddenly, they are everywhere and not many other plants!
We started back north a bit after noon. We stopped at all the exhibit signs and learned lots about the desert animals, plants, and formations.
We also stopped at a few more sights. This is, how did you guess!...
|Our very dusty, dirty little car!|
|This kinda, sorta gives you some perspective. That little black sign in the middle says 'You are Here'. And that dot is how big you are!|
|There was a group of people slacklining at 'Hall of Horrors'. We still aren't sure why it is call that, but we had fun climbing around on and underneath the boulders and watching these people. The drop is a lot further than appears in this picture!|
|Heading out of the park Monday evening. We had to stop and enjoy the sunset before leaving Joshua Tree Park behind!|
Tuesday we headed to Beaty, Nevada
|We were driving along and saw this crater|
|So we found a road that went out there.|
|The road ended, so we found the path!|
|This is opposite side from the road. It most recently blew out this direction.|
|On the road side of the rim, the top of Matthew's head is where we hiked in|
|Someone missed, well missed SEEING the 'road closed' sign!|
|Thankfully this area of the desert had some larger bushes =)|
|Getting close to Beaty, NV|
|Notice the flat screen TV? It is above the AC unit. There was even a heater!|
It is plugged into the wall, on the other side of the bed, on of those long radiator things.
|This is Badwater Basin. Do you see the little white sign over half way up and slightly to the left?|
That is sea level. The white stuff on the ground is NOT snow, but salt!
|This is where people can walk out into Badwater Basin|
|We did a short hike to see a Natural Bridge|
A little beyond was this water shute!
|Sorry I didn't get the picture with people underneath the bridge, this is pretty big!|
|Mosaic Canyon, last hike of the day. Two miles off the road you start hiking up a canyon. There are several small waterfalls, and then a bigger one. You can climb past that one and walk a bit further where....|
|There is THIS waterfall. I'd love to go beyond this one, too,|
but you'd need some special gear or a helicopter!
Next day, we headed west through the park and then took a LONG road southish to the middle of
|Kind of funny to be driving along and see a sign that says "elevation: sea level".|
|Part way up Wildrose peak, the second highest surrounding Death Valley.|
|The peak beyond this snowy one is Telescope Peak, which we wanted to do, BUT|
your 4 wheel drive has to have chains, and you have to have crampons and ice picks.
Also, it is 7 miles one way...
|Looking towards Badwater Basin|
|At the summit, there was a cache with several notebooks. I had to smile at this entry! Driving through all that empty country, empty of people and man-made things, and full of God-made things, I got to feeling very small and feeling God very big!|
Caleb and Amy got back to town Monday evening, inviting us to stay out at Ron and Sue's beach house in Cayucos. I went out Tuesday and Matthew joined us after work. Thursday I brought Adalyn home with me while Caleb and Amy stayed out there for one more night. They came back Friday, had dinner with us, and after sing, went to Brad and Vanessa's for the weekend. They left to go back south on Monday.
|So much fun having Adalyn all to myself! She was one tired girl after playing at the beach!|
|Couldn't wait to color when she woke up|
|She asked every ten minutes if we could go see the 'cow', Buttercup, that is :)|
Buttercup doesn't like to get her picture taken (obviously) but she did great with Adalyn.
|Friday I had to grab a few groceries, then we went to the Atascadero Lake park for a few minutes.|