» joshua tree national park
Besides the tree for which the park is named, there are lots of interesting rock formations in Joshua Tree, making it a very popular place for rock climbing. It is a huge park but there are not a lot of roads so we only saw the stuff that was easy to get to during our day there.

San Jacinto Peak (10,834') from Keys View (5,185'). The valley below is just above sea level and home to the San Andreas Fault, meaning that San Jacinto Peak was moving north at a rate of 2 inches per year as we were moving south.

Typical rock formations that Joshua Tree is known for.

San Gorgonio Mountain (11,499'), the higest peak in Southern California, from Keys View (5,185').

Rock climbers (6 in total).

Joshua Trees.

A climber on the rocks.

A Joshua Tree and me on some rocks (Photo by Megan).

There are a lot of relics in the park from mining that used to occur in the park. This is an old truck near the Wall Street Mine.


» swamis beach

Clouds at sunset.

Pink clouds above the ocean.

» iron mountain

Looking towards Mount Woodson from the top.

The view east from the top.

One of the views as you near the top.

Megan, Trevor, Nick, and Max taking a break on the summit.


Downtown San Diego and the Coronado Islands (over 40 miles away).

Snow-capped Cuyamaca Peak, 20 miles away.

» stonewall peak

Left: The summit of Stonewall Peak, only room for a few people at a time. Right: The stairs and railing that lead to the summit.

Stonewall from early on the trail.

Left: A view from the top, kind of brown at this time of year. Right: Stonewall from the road.

» from the plane

La Jolla and the marine layer.

The marine layer attacking the coast.

The marine layer over taking an island.

The Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado.


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