When we first began to plan this trip, the forecast looked good. As our departure date got closer, rain began to show up in the forecast. With Thanksgiving next week, an RV trip planned in December, and winter quickly approaching, we realized this may be our last chance for a tent-camping trip. So, on Wednesday morning, off we went. It was pretty much a straight shot...head west on I-10 until you reach the park. (Jerry and Kim...we waved as we drove by.)
We kept hoping maybe the weatherman got it wrong...maybe the storm would miss us. Well, this time they were pretty much right on target. After enjoying two beautiful evenings and a fun day in the park, the rains came in, and we shortened our trip by a day.
We drove home on Friday, in the cold rain most of the way. Since we've been out of the traditional work force for so long, we had almost forgotten what driving through rush hour was like...well, Phoenix reminded us. Brought back fond memories of driving in Atlanta traffic...twice a day...every day. We are so glad those days are over.
So...back to Joshua Tree. After a longer drive than we anticipated (I forgot to figure in the hour it would take us to get to the campground, after entering the park.), we found a great campsite in the Jumbo Rocks Campground...pretty appropriate name, don't ya think? We had a ball climbing all over the rocks.
Once we had our camping gear set up, we were soon enjoying a campfire...and a bottle of Happy Camper Wine, courtesy of Yellowstone friends, Lenny and Linda. Thank you, again!
The next morning, we awoke to mostly cloudy skies, but at least it was dry. We decided to take a short hike right from the campground.
See that blue speck in the middle of this next picture? That is our tent as seen from the trail.
There were lots of great rock formations along the trail.....
...before reaching Skull Rock.
We even saw a little wildlife:
And, of course, Joshua Trees:
With all of the jumbo rocks in the park, it is not surprising that Joshua Tree NP is popular with rock climbers. I guess these folks enjoy it, but it is definitely not for me!
After a full day of exploring the park (and hoping the rains held off), we were greeted with a beautiful sunset. First, the sun on the rocks.....
Then the colors began to appear...the sky was changing by the minute.
Not a bad way to end our visit to another wonderful national park!