Joshua Tree National Park – Lost Horse Mine

Joshua Tree - Trees on Lost Horse Loop

As I completed hikes I was crossing them off my paper map which was now covered in a fair amount of X’s.  The big hike for today was to Lost Horse Mine / Lost Horse Loop trail for a 6.5 mile ass kicking. The trail starts and immediately climbs but has a gentle ascent that … Read more

Joshua Tree National Park – Lunch at Live Oak

Joshua Tree - Lunch at Live Oak picnic area

Stopped briefly for lunch at one of the picnic areas without name on the map.  Looking at the screen cap below of the official NPS map you would never know this one is called Live Oak.  You also wouldn’t know there is a trail leading out to a lone ancient oak tree.  Maps here could … Read more

Joshua Tree National Park – Cholla Cactus Garden

Joshua Tree - Cholla Cactus Garden

Today I was on a mission to make the most of my time.  Thankfully last night was freezing cold and winds gusted to 40mph which forced me to sleep in the rental and wake early.  On the positive side I was awake well before sunrise and made my way to the Cholla Cactus Garden for … Read more

Joshua Tree National Park – Cap Rock Sunset

Joshua Tree National Park - Cap Rock

December 2018.  Government shutdown looming.  Geminid meteor shower coming.  Vacation days left that need to be used.  Booked some quick tickets into Las Vegas with no firm plans other than seeking adventure.  The universe guided me down to Joshua Tree National Park. Pitched my tent at the Belle campground (which I was lucky to get, … Read more