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Almost Seduced by Julian(a), California

By     |    Feb 3, 2012
Posted in: California     |    2 Comments

Julian(a), you almost had me. First you showed me your enticingly curvy roads and rolling, voluptuous countrysides. Then you revealed your small-town main street that’s so compact it’s only a three block walk to the neighboring farm fields and forests. Your trimmed hedges and endless pastures … va-va-va-voom, I said. You dilated my eyes. You were going to be my next Bisbee. A few days later, we met again, but […]

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I channel Ansel Adams.

What Would You Say You Do Here? Well, Bob …

By     |    Feb 2, 2012
Posted in: California, Hikes, Parks     |    3 Comments

We get a lot of questions about what we do on a typical day, how we spend our time. It’s funny, because some days I still feel like we’re “wasting” time, but when I look back on how I spent my time in the past … we’re far from wasting anything right now. So the typical day, then. That’s tough. We’re always moving, heading to a new spot, exploring, searching […]

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A flowering cactus.

Saved by Agua Caliente County Park in San Diego County

By     |    Feb 2, 2012
Posted in: California, Parks     |    4 Comments

In case you can’t tell from our last few posts, we had been hitting a bit of a rough patch. “Confined” to the warm climate of southern California in January, we were kind of striking out at Joshua Tree National Park, Salton Sea, Yuma, AZ…we were not finding places that we liked, and we were craving a place where we could spend a few days relaxing. After a noisy night […]

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Coming Up Dry In Yuma

By     |    Feb 1, 2012
Posted in: Arizona, California     |    1 Comment

After camping two nights next to the Salton Sea and enduring the horrific smell and the 24-hour freight train traffic past the park, we were ready for a new spot. As always, there were options. Circle the Salton Sea looking for a new campground. Stop at Slab City and try out life without laws (or toilets). Check out the Imperial Sand Dunes and camp on the sand (next to the […]

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Desert Life Makeover: $4,250 | Dispatches from the Imperial Valley White Sheet

By     |    Feb 1, 2012
Posted in: California, Local News Dispatch     |    3 Comments

In New Mexico, people either lived in a ramshackle shanty or a modern(ish) trailer (located next to a bombed-out older model melting into the ground); in Bisbee, Arizona, you could stay in a vintage Airstream; in Apache Junction, entire neighborhoods were made up of trailers in varying states of permanence; in Lake Havasu, houses came equipped with an RV garage; in Yuma, snowbirds spend winters boondocking on the Bureau of Land Management land […]

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A Tour of the Joshua Tree National Park Cholla Cactus Garden

By     |    Jan 31, 2012
Posted in: California, Parks     |    No Comments

It’s always a little awe-inspiring to come across a place where the conditions align perfectly to support a specific kind of plant. It’s a great example of the sensitivity and specificity of life on earth. One of these places is the Cholla Cactus Garden in JTNP (that’s Joshua Tree National Park). The soil is perfect, the slope is perfect, the amount of water is perfect. Perfect for a grove of […]

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A deserted building in Bombay Beach.

The Ruins of the Salton Sea

By     |    Jan 31, 2012
Posted in: California     |    11 Comments

I love ruins. I like to imagine how people lived, once upon a time. So I was really excited to go to the Salton Sea after reading an intriguing National Geographic article a few years ago. But I found the Salton Sea utterly depressing…the ruin all feels too recent. It’s been decades since the resort-town fortunes of Salton Sea have risen and fallen, but there are still people there, trying to […]

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Some of the fire-blackened palms.

Joshua Tree National Park’s Fourtynine Palms Oasis Trail

By     |    Jan 30, 2012
Posted in: California, Hikes     |    No Comments

Many of Joshua Tree National Park’s hiking trails are currently off-limits because the Cottonwood Springs area suffered significant flood damage in mid-September. The north end of the park really caters to rock climbers (grudgingly) — the southern area is much more hiker-friendly … when it’s open. So we didn’t get a chance to hike to the Lost Palms Oasis or Mastodon Peak. Bummer. The flooding supposedly washed a bunch of […]

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Joshua tree bark.

Textures of Joshua Tree National Park

By     |    Jan 27, 2012
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Joshua Tree National Park is filled with rocks. Big ones, small ones, gigantic ones. Rocks, rocks, rocks. But it’s also the inhospitable desert where water is scarce and trees and shrubs struggle to survive. Intense winds spin and twist plants into the oddest shapes. Here are a few of my favorite non-rock photos from Joshua Tree.

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Joshua Tree National Park is…OK

By     |    Jan 26, 2012
Posted in: California, Parks     |    4 Comments

First of all, Joshua trees are cool.  A Joshua tree is not a tree, per se, it’s a yucca.  Unlike the Joshua trees we’ve seen elsewhere, the Joshua trees we saw in and around Joshua Tree National Park were of tree size — they were huge!  Joshua trees are not limited to the park — they can be found anywhere in the Mohave desert.  But these were by far the […]

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