Joshua Tree and Anza Borrego

After leaving Mojave, I drove south on the old Route 66 thru Amboy where I got to see the Amboy Crater, and then thru the town of Twentynine Palms to the entrance of Joshua Tree National Monument. I didn't stop very much in Joshua Tree. It's geared up for car touring, and there were lots of tourists out to look at the wildflowers. Every turn out had cars parked in it, so instead, I just snaked my way thru the park and decided to camp in the Anza Borrego State Park the next night.

I stopped briefly at the Salton Sea and took a few photos. Then I cut across S22 towards the town of Borrego Springs, and found a nice place to boondock on Arroyo Salada, at the edge of the State Park.

From my camp on Arroyo Salada, I took a nice little hike to Seventeen Palms, and got to see my first bona-fide Oasis. It was really cool coming across these big palm trees growing here. There was a geo-cache log, so I signed in and left my mark.

The next day, it was an easy 2 hour drive up thru Julian and back home to end the trip.

I had a great time on this trip and, at four days, it was too short. I particularly want to re-visit the Mojave National Preserve sometime soon!

Now the Wildflowers!!!