Today our friend Patty will join us as we spend our second day in Joshua Tree National Park as we visit a couple of areas that we did not see yesterday.
First stop in the park is Jumbo Rock. We saw similar types of these rocks yesterday, but there were a couple of rocks that were fascinating. This one has a round rock somehow perched and balanced on the surrounding rocks.
This raven was watching us as we drove by, probably hoping that we would throw him some tid bit.
There are individual camp sites tucked in among the rock formations. Each camp site has a picnic table, and a cooking grill.
Karen spotted these Gambel’s Quail hiding among the brush.
As we were driving, we occasionally saw what appeared to be tennis balls scattered here and there, so we got out to investigate. On closer inspection, they are not tennis balls. They are Coyote Melon vines. The coyotes will eat these when they ripen.
We stopped to look at the Cholla Cactus Garden.
After leaving Joshua Tree National Park through the South Entrance, we jumped onto I-10 and headed back to our hotel. Along the way we saw another huge wind turbine generating plant. Wind turbines for as far as you can see. It is interesting to see them all spinning in the wind.
We enjoyed another dinner at Sizzlers this evening, and said our goodbyes to Patty. She is heading back to San Francisco early in the morning, and we are heading North and back to Barstow California. Tomorrow we will drive on Route 66 from Barstow CA to Needles CA and that will complete another piece of our Route 66 road trip that we started in 2008.
To see all of our photos from today, you can click on this link to my FLICKR site.