Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Joshua Tree National Park, May 23, 2011

Drove here straight from Tucson on Sunday. No problems...beautiful drive. We did get hit by some sand devils. Weird!! We camped the first night at the Cottonwood Creek Campground in the southern part of the park. Drove right there and found a site in loop A...#19. It was a kind of lay-by. Very cool temps at night and warm and sunny during the day. The humidity was almost nothing. Warm in the sun but cool in the shade.
Sat outside and watched the jackrabbit while we drank a little wine. Next morning we got up and visited the visitor center and made arrangements for camping at a northside camp. We also bought tickets to tour of Desert Queen Ranch for the afternoon. Drove through the park and right to our new campsite...the Black Rock Campground. Nice pullthrough. VERY cold up there. We set up and then went right back into the park and to the ranch for the tour. Had to drive up a dirt road to the gate where Jim and I had our lunch while we waited for the park ranger. Few more people showed up then drove to the ranch. Looks like some place my dad would have loved. Set amongst the large rocks. Bits and pieces put together for home, cabin and work shop as well as school room. Very interesting tour.
Left there and drove again through the park. Looked at campground at Jumbo Rocks. Some sites for bigger rigs but most for small and tent campers. Amazing location.
When the day was done and we had seen all the Joshua Trees we returned to our new campsite and settled in for the night. So cold we had to wear socks and hats to bed. Very cosy.
Got up in the morning ate breakfast and broke camp. Set out to Sequoia National Park.
Our GPS guide got us lost. Navigated us through the hills to a dirt road. Had to unhook the tow and turn around. Finally found our way to the highway we needed. Did stop in Bakersfield, CA, at a Sam's to purchase four new batteries for the rig. Jim installed them himself right in the parking lot. Will anything else happen to us? YESSSS!

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