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Death Valley National Park

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Death Valley is the land of extremes, it has the record for the hottest temperature in the world: 134˚F in 1913, and it’s the driest climate and the lowest elevation in North America.  The National Park has a page with some interesting facts about why it is so hot and dry. Road into Death Valley National Park Continue reading »
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A Series of Unfortunate Events

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I have had so many amazing, beautiful, perfect experiences, but it’s the imperfect ones-- the truly disastrous ones-- that are the most memorable and often the most humorous. They become funny in their absurdity, funny in their improbability, funny in the confluence of events that can, thankfully, never all happen at once again. The lines “we’ll laugh about this someday” and “but think of the story you’ll have” really do apply and I always try to remind myself of that when things are epically melting down.  Continue reading »
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Hiking in Joshua Tree National Park

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Though the Wonder Valley turned out to have an appeal all it’s own, the reason we rented a house in Twentynine Palms, California was its proximity to Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree National Park Continue reading »
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White Sands National Monument

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We got to White Sands National Monument just after it reopened and drove through the park (parts of it were, and still are, closed from the drone crash). Picnic Area at White Sands National Park Continue reading »
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Joshua Tree

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We drove through the Mojave National Preserve at sunset and into Joshua Tree, California in the dark.  We were excited for daylight when we would see Joshua Tree National Park. Sadly, the next morning Pearson's Mom passed away. As we made plans to fly back east, we took an hour and drove into the west entrance of Joshua Tree and I snapped these pictures. I was struck by its otherworldliness; a desert landscape filled with enormous boulder fields and valleys filled with joshua trees (yucca brevifolia). The whole experience was a blur and we said that someday we would come back. Neither of us had plans for when that day would be, I assumed it would years from now. But we were drawn right back here, to this warm and peaceful desert. Joshua Tree National Park Continue reading »
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Mojave National Preserve

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We drove west through Las Vegas and further into the Mojave.

We drove west through Las Vegas and further into the Mojave.

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