Wednesday, June 5, 2013

People Helping People

Typical landscape at 2500ft
Joshua Tree National Monument
We just returned from a trip to San Diego by way of Joshua Tree National Park.  Usually we stay in the lower campgrounds but it was hot and we drove to the campgrounds in the higher elevations.  Not many people were touring the park and a few of the campgrounds were closed.  Thirty miles separate the first and last camping sites; we were very happy when we found the higher campground open!  The rocks between the two areas are strikingly different as the pictures show. 
Typical rock formations at higher altitude (approx 4000 ft)

On our way out of the park we stopped at Cottonwood Springs.  It is a beautiful area with native Fan-Palms that keep the area cool where birds and bees gather.  There is a sandy wash, interesting desert plants and lots of rock!
Fan-Tailed Palms at Cottonwood Spring
Thank goodness we noticed another couple driving up as we were leaving because our truck would not start!  This is an area that is arid, hot with a long walk to the ranger station and NO CELL SERVICE!  Fortunately, the other couple was nearby and were happy to help us jump start the truck.  They were from Los Angeles and we talked a few minutes before we drove out of the park to come home.
It was good to be reminded that technology is wonderful when it is available and works.  People helping people is much more important. 
A huge THANK YOU to the young couple from L. A. who helped the ‘older’ couple from Prescott!

Joshua Tree

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

People Helping People

Typical landscape at 2500ft
Joshua Tree National Monument
We just returned from a trip to San Diego by way of Joshua Tree National Park.  Usually we stay in the lower campgrounds but it was hot and we drove to the campgrounds in the higher elevations.  Not many people were touring the park and a few of the campgrounds were closed.  Thirty miles separate the first and last camping sites; we were very happy when we found the higher campground open!  The rocks between the two areas are strikingly different as the pictures show. 
Typical rock formations at higher altitude (approx 4000 ft)

On our way out of the park we stopped at Cottonwood Springs.  It is a beautiful area with native Fan-Palms that keep the area cool where birds and bees gather.  There is a sandy wash, interesting desert plants and lots of rock!
Fan-Tailed Palms at Cottonwood Spring
Thank goodness we noticed another couple driving up as we were leaving because our truck would not start!  This is an area that is arid, hot with a long walk to the ranger station and NO CELL SERVICE!  Fortunately, the other couple was nearby and were happy to help us jump start the truck.  They were from Los Angeles and we talked a few minutes before we drove out of the park to come home.
It was good to be reminded that technology is wonderful when it is available and works.  People helping people is much more important. 
A huge THANK YOU to the young couple from L. A. who helped the ‘older’ couple from Prescott!

Joshua Tree