|| We were
ready to leave bright and early.
We wandered to Walmart to pick up a cooler, soda, and snacks., bread
and cheese. We planned to do some picnicing to stretch our
dollar. We went to Arizona Charlie's Casino to have
breakfast. It was surprisingly good and definitely
reasonable. Then we checked out and left for the Mojave
desert was nothing like I had expected.
I guess I was expecting Lawrence of Arabia and sand dunes.
had been a lot of rain recently, and instead, it reminded me of a
vacant city lot, with scrub grasses and trees - but, of course, we
don't get cactus in the city.
||There are lots of
Joshua Trees. Very primitive
looking, or perhaps they were designed by Dr.
Seuss. I will
put more information about them at JoshuaTree
branches must fall off easily. I wasn't paying attention and
stepped on one in my sneakers. The spines stuck in so hard
that I was unable to pull them out without pliers. One got my
finger, and the tiny barb broke off just under the skin. I
was worried that there may be a problem with that - but nothing bad
happened - it just worked itself out in a few days.
||Off in the
distance, as we were leaving the desert park, we saw a strange
fog. That demanded exploration! We drove
off down trails to discover the place where borax and baking soda were
mined. The "fog" was the evaporating water. They no
longer mine there because it became too expensive to separate out the
chemicals. It is now an area used for studying the desert.
|During our trip,
we will be seeing many kinds of palm trees. I know nothing
about them, so I guess if you want to know more, you'll have to do some
research. We thought these looked like cousin It.
|Some of the
cactus was in bloom.
This color is startling against the dull colors of the desert.
|We left the desert
and headed to Rainbow Canyon.
The rock formations told us we weren't at home any more.
The painted rocks in Rainbow Canyon were remarkable.
This is a little park with 8 miles of one-lane road through beautiful
crags and cliffs.