California Here We Come…

Chris gets his wood inspected

Chris gets his wood inspected

We left Saguaro NP pretty early hoping to secure a cool spot in Joshua Tree National Park.  Rumor has it that they fill up on the weekends and since our rig is so big we need as many choices as possible.  On the way, yes, we got pulled over again.  While going through the Arizona/California Border Inspection Station, we were called out to have our wood inspected for bugs.  Even though our friendly inspector found some worms, we were allowed to leave with our wood and a promise that we would leave it in the truck until we burned it. As we were finally going somewhere that allowed fires we were glad.

Coolest Campsite Ever!

Coolest Campsite Ever!

The campground in the park we were shooting for was “ok” but for the cost it offered very little.  We decided to take a chance and head further into the park to find a better location at a more reasonable price per night.  The ranger suggested trying “Belle”, which was close to where thought we wanted to be. The result, as you can see, was awesome!  

View of the campsite from the rocks

View of the campsite from the rocks

Kim finally got to camp in her city of rocks. The rocks are White Tank Granite. It is an igneous rock which formed when hot magma was pushed up from deep within the earth and forced into the overlying rock in a process known as intrusion (more plagiarizing).

Timer shot of the day

Timer shot of the day

Our first day in the park we headed out on the motorcycles.  The park roads offered some interesting twists and new and different views.  Beautiful mountains in the background, cool rock formations, and lots of Joshua Trees…

Old Mine on the Lost Horse Mine Trail

Old Mine on the Lost Horse Mine Trail

We decided to get our exercise in and hiked the Lost Horse Mine Trail, a 4 mile roundtrip.

Arch Rock at White Tanks Campground in Joushua Tree

Arch Rock at White Tanks Campground in Joushua Tree

On our way back to the campsite we stopped for a quick look at the Arch located in a different campground.

Spiny Desert Lizard

Spiny Desert Lizard

We ended our day with a campfire and hung out with some of the locals…

4 Responses to “California Here We Come…”

  1. lindsay says:

    My mom would die if she got a site like that! Its amazing! I just love the pic of chris and the wood lady he looks so into it. sorry i have not gotin you those pics from the dance i have ben geting on at school and i cant send any when i an.
    LOVE YOU!

  2. The Nichols says:

    I think you guys should add a push pin map of the USA in your title banner with a nice red line tracing your route from pin to pin and have a star in your current location. It would be interesting to see how your route weaves (sp?) across the US. I’m trying to figure out if your taking a direct route or if it is more the I Love Lucy route. If you did the push pin map you could even color code it. Red pins being your could skip pins, bronze pins, silver being top 10, and gold being the best place to date. Just a thought… I can’t wait till you guys get to Moab Utah. I’m really interested in what you think of the White Rim Trail! Stay safe!
    Love,
    The Nichols

  3. admin says:

    Hi Lins,

    Just spoke to you yesterday. I think it is great your friends are checking out the site with you. Sorry February won’t work out. Psyched I can get the pics now, keep them coming! I know… that site is our favorite so far!

    Love ya,
    Kim

  4. admin says:

    Hi to the Nichols Family,

    Funny you should mention that… We actually bought a real map and colored pins prior to leaving to try and map out our trip. Unfortunately, we never had the time and have been making it up as we go along. We do have an e paper copy that we are working from. You never know, maybe we will get something up there, cool idea for the site. Hope all is well for you guys and that you are staying warm!

    Love,
    Kim and Chris

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