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Backpacking trip in Josha Tree National park with Kelly and Jean


At the home of Keith and Chris. I meant to get more pictures, because it was an absolutely gorgeous midcentury modern home, beautifully decorated, but this is all I got! With Keith at the trailhead


All the horses were spooked by my sun umbrella, and I had to put it down


The Joshua Trees took on the most amazing shapes.


In a lot of places it was very sandy...tough walking! Our first lunch. For lunches, I had Ritz crackers, sausage sticks, peanut butter, and some prunes. Kelly had all kinds of homemade crackers and and home-dried fruit.


We got off track once on this part of the trail, and went about a mile out of our way. Luckily many places that could have been confusing had this kind of marker to make it easier. We saw these holes, all in a row, every often. Don't know what made them, though.


A dead Joshua Tree. It looks like solid wood, but is surprisingly spongy. What little shade their was, came from the Joshua trees. I'm wearing my diy craft foam visor sunhat in this picture.


Joshua tree blossums Lots of beautiful cactuses - I think this was the Mojave Mound cactus.


There were little black lizards scampering across the trail every few minutes, but we only saw this lizard a few times - the Southern Desert Horned Lizard


Our first campsite. Kelly and I didn't bring our rain covers, since we'd be warm enough, and wanted to see the stars.


Dinnertime Happy birthday Jean!


A selfie in the tent The next morning, we went through the most scenic portion of the hike (which also involved a lot of straight sandy stretches)




I think this was Lomatium Mohavense - Mojave Desert Parsley Kelly got a little worried she was getting too much sun!


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