Oct. 1 – Saturday – Joshua Tree National Park
We were up early to rendezvous with our Hummer Tour of Joshua Tree National Park, an area the size of Rhode Island encompassing two different desert ecosystems and a portion of the San Andreas Fault. The tour took us from the scrub of the Colorado Desert to the higher and cooler reaches of the Mojave Desert where the Joshua Trees proliferate. The terrain is eerily beautiful but also very repetitive and less interesting than the other parks.
We spent the afternoon recovering from our first week on the road, having covered over 1,800 miles and four national parks in six days. We did laundry, picked up an additional audio book at Barnes and Noble and had an early dinner at the food court of the Westfield Palm Desert Mall before packing for tomorrow’s drive to the Grand Canyon.