Joshua Tree National Park

A couple of weekends ago my old roommate from Redwoods came down to visit me in the desert.  We had plans to go to a concert in Santa Ana, which we did, but before we headed to Santa Ana we took a detour through Joshua Tree National Park.

I have been to Joshua Tree a few times.  Once on a camping trip with Lacy and a few times for work.  We didn’t spend a whole lot of time there, but had a lot of fun exploring different things in the park.

We discovered Ocotillo plants, which were really cool.  Look at these things.  They have beautiful green leaves that hide long sharp thorns and they flower in the Spring.  I bought a National Parks Annual Pass while I was here so I plan on coming back to see these in full bloom, which should be in the next couple of months.

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I took a ton of pictures while I was there, but didn’t notice that I had my camera on a special setting.  All my beautiful landscape photos look like they were taken in a post apocalyptic world.  I had it set to a sepia type tone.  I did get some cool shots, just not exactly what I was trying for.  Here are a few shots that came out pretty cool despite the lack of color.

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This is the shot that made me realize I wasn’t shooting in color…

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And finally, we have color!

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One spot I am sad that I didn’t capture in full color is views from Keys View.  We had a beautiful view of the snow capped San Gorgoino Mountain, Coachella Valley, and the Salton Sea. This picture just doesn’t do it justice.

dsc_0043The Coachella Valley without color isn’t very impressive either…

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My next adventure is to the Grand Canyon.  I have a two week training class for work and will be driving up with a co-worker from Redwoods.  Hopefully I’ll have my act together and get a Grand Canyon post up in a few weeks!

 

 

What’s Been Going On So Far In 2015

Being in one place too long makes you lazy.  Just look at this blog.  I haven’t posted anything since December!  We’ve done stuff that is blog worthy, I just haven’t gotten around to actually blogging it!

Let’s get back on track with a quick review of what’s been going on so far this year.

We’ve taken trips…

Lacy and I took a trip to Joshua Tree National Park the beginning of February.  We were pleasantly surprised at how much we fell in love with the park.  We weren’t expecting much (it’s a desert, how much can you expect), but loved every minute of it there.  Well, maybe not EVERY minute.  Sunday morning I woke up, walked to the restroom, got really nauseous, came back to camp, and passed the F^$% out!  Turns out that I had some bug that was going around my office and it hit me at that moment.  I recovered quickly and was actually able to hike around a little bit and make the drive back home.  I did miss the next week of work though.  I WILL post a full blog post about Joshua Tree National Park next week.  I promise!

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Mom and I took a quick trip up to Sacramento and back one day.  I had a test to take up there and we decided to go up a few hours early and check out downtown.  It was a beautiful day to wander downtown.  We walked through Capital Park and all around the surrounding neighborhoods.  I really like Downtown Sacramento.

Being silly in front of the Capitol building

Being silly in front of the Capitol building

Lacy and I also took a trip up to Sonora, Jamestown, and Columbia a couple of weeks ago, but we don’t have any pictures to show for it.  We walked thru the historic gold rush town of Columbia.  What a neat place!  It is a living gold rush town with everyone dressed in 1850’s attire.  After Columbia we went to Downtown Sonora and had lunch and walked around the shops there.  We learned that it was Second Saturday, which meant the shops stayed open late and there was art and musicians at selected shops to check out.  We made another trip around downtown to check out all the Second Saturday events and then headed home.  It was an awesome day in the mountains that made me want to move up there.

I also took a quick trip up to Modesto last weekend to see James Hunnicutt and The Hangdog Hearts perform at The Partisan.  I also got to see them again on Saturday when they came to Fresno to play.  You can never get enough of James or The Hangdog Hearts!

The Hangdog Hearts at The Partisan in Modesto.

The Hangdog Hearts at The Partisan in Modesto.

 

Other exciting news:

My best friend got married and had a baby!  These events are part of the reason that I came back to Fresno in the first place.  I needed to be here for the wedding and wanted to be here for the birth as well.

Congratulations Kathy and Tony!

Congratulations Kathy and Tony!

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

Meet Charlee Rose

Meet Charlee Rose

I also bought a new car.  Well, a new to me car.  I still have the Ramblin’ Van as well, but we are looking to sell that one soon.

My new (to me) Toyota Avalon

My new (to me) Toyota Avalon

I think that catches everyone up for now!  I promise to get my Joshua Tree post up next week and I have some future blog posts planned as well.

I’m hoping to take a trip up to Yosemite and Mariposa this weekend and Lacy and I are hoping to plan a trip to Sequoia National Park soon too!