From Sea to Shining Sea, Day 37: La Quinta, CA to Blythe, CA
|NEAR COTTONWOOD SPRING, A SHOW OF PLANT DIVERSITY|
|FAN PALMS GROWING AT COTTONWOOD SPRING OASIS|
|OCOTILLO BEFORE (L) AND AFTER (R) RAIN|
|SPECIMENS IN THE CHOLLA GARDEN|
|SOME OF JOSHUA TREE NP'S OVERSIZED ROCKS|
|WHITE TANK CAMPGROUND OFFERS PRIVATE LITTLE NOOKS BETWEEN THE ROCKS.|
After exiting the park on the north side in the town of Twentynine Palms, we planted a letterbox near the entrance and checked out the visitor center three miles outside the park. About 3 p.m., we headed east on CA-62, a desolate ribbon of highway through an uninhabited stretch of the Mojave Desert. Just outside of town, a sign warned that no services were available for the next 100 miles. Our gas tank and water bottles near full, we pressed on toward Arizona.
|CA-62 THROUGH THE MOJAVE|
Tomorrow we'll continue east into Arizona on our way to the Phoenix area, where we plan to regroup, study the weather forecasts, and evaluate our chances of getting to the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon on this trip.
THURSDAY, 22 DECEMBER 2016
• Ended in: Blythe, CA
• Miles driven: 210 [trip: 5,354]
• Weather: 41° to 59°, cloudy to light rain
• States: CA [trip: 8]
• Letterboxes: Found 0, Planted 1 [trip: F91, P14]
• Counties: 2 [trip: 111]
• Towns: 5 [trip: 243]
• Joshua Trees: <1.8 million
• Campers in JTNP: 52
• Cholla Hitchhikers we picked up: 0
• Total rainfall: scant, but the desert plants seemed happy
Loved: After hearing about Joshua Tree National Park's summer temps (average high of 95 to 100°), we loved being there on a moderate and misty December day.
Lacking: Opportunities to see any wildlife since most desert animals are wisely nocturnal.
Learned: Even adjacent deserts can have quite different ecosystems.
More Photos from Joshua Tree National Park
|DON'T LET THIS FELLOW JUMP ON YOU!|
|ADJACENT FAN PALMS LOOK LIKE CONJOINED TWINS.|
|FOR NATIVES AND EARLY SETTLERS, A STAND OF FAN PALMS SIGNALED THE PRESENCE OF A SPRING.|
|A NATURALLY OCCURING CHOLLA GARDEN GROWS NEAR PINTO BASIIN ROAD.|
|THIS JOSHUA TREE LOOKS MORE LIKE A MASK THAN A PROPHET.|