and as I had no errands to run, it was a good time to relax and take a virtual road trip down memory lane. In 2007 we were gone for two weeks (pre-retirement years). We flew to Seattle from Washington-Dulles Airport, and rode a ferry up to British Columbia. We planned to drive down as far south as Monterey and Carmel in California. We were looking forward to it as we used to live there in the early 80's. This post is from part of the southern part of our trip.
We are at Joshua Tree National Park in California.
I have always been drawn to the desert, ever since our first road trip across country. Gregg was changing duty stations in 1977, from east to west coast. We had only been married a couple of years at that time, and it was just the two of us. When we reached the Southwest I was mesmerized. It was polar opposites to where we live, where it is very lush and green. But the desert has its own incredible beauty that I found fascinating.
The red dot on the map below shows Joshua Tree's approximate location in California.
The Ocotillo grows to a height of up to 20 feet. In wet months you will see their delicate green leaves. (You may remember these photos from when I shared them before.) There is more information here.
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.