Category Archives: Joshua Tree National Park

Virginia City, Nevada

After a very busy summer at Silver Lake it was rather eerie to see the place so empty the last couple of days. We had some cleanup work to do to prepare for the opening next April, the owners invited … Continue reading

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Salvation Mountain and “The slabs”

Last week Tammy and I ventured out to the Salton Sea area for our most recent adventure. We had heard about a place called Salvation Mountain, where a man spent about 50 years painting a hillside with all colors of … Continue reading

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Desert survival training

Last Sunday I took a desert survival training course offered by the Desert Institute which is part of the non-profit Joshua Tree NP Association. The morning session was in a classroom and covered the 5 basics of desert survival, water, … Continue reading

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Pushawalla Canyon hike

Well today I joined Udi and Kristin for a hike up Pushawalla Canyon returning via the Blue Cut wash. The air was very cold as we headed up the wash, passing Pinyon Well at mile 1. One thing I noticed … Continue reading

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Johnny Lang to Keys View hike

Today I did my first hike with a new hiking group that enjoys long strenuous hikes. The group leader Udi is a serious hiker to put it mildly. He has hiked the longest trail in JTNP of 37 miles in … Continue reading

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Ryan Mountain hike

Went hiking yesterday since there weren’t any tours scheduled. Hiked up Ryan mountain which I have done about a dozen times. It is the steepest maintained trail in the park, climbing 1100′ in 1.5 miles. The view from the top … Continue reading

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Joshua Tree National Park

View from my site at Keys Ranch, lots of boulders! After a 1200 mile drive from Texas I finally made it to Joshua Tree for my next assignment. I will be the Caretaker at the Keys Ranch inside the park. … Continue reading

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