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Southwest--Joshua Tree and Southern Arizona

Hiking, backpacking, running, biking, climbing, rafting, and other human-powered activities in the Sierra Nevada and elsewhere outside Yosemite National Park

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Southwest--Joshua Tree and Southern Arizona

Postby balzaccom » Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:18 am

We took off for the desert last week, in an attempt to avoid people and wait for us to move slightly farther up the COVID vaccination list (our county is well behind the curve on this). Plus, there were some places we wanted to see.

And it was pretty darn spectacular.

>> Two nights at the far end of Joshua Tree National Park, in the Cottonwood Campground, hiking the nature trail and the Lost Horse Mine Loop.

>> Visited the amazing Intaglios outside of Blythe

>> Two nights at Picacho Peak in Arizona...where the campgrounds provide hot showers and ban both drones and generators. And took a couple of hikes there, plus a day hiking in Saguaro NP West.

>> A night at Chiricahua National Monument--which had stunning hoodoos, a lovely little campground, and snow.

>> Two days visiting Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, driving both major scenic drives, going on a couple of hikes, and seeing the dreaded border wall.

>> Managed to see two wonderful petroglyph sites, one in Saguaro NP West, and the other near Gila Bend.

We drove over 2,000 miles, hiked about thirty, and generally had a grand time.

And since we spent most of our time in the van or on the trail, we didn't see many people, either. Which was good.

And this morning we managed to get listed for our first vaccine tomorrow!

Here's a link to the photos.

Check our our website: http://www.backpackthesierra.com/
Or just read a good mystery novel set in the Sierra; https://www.amazon.com/Danger-Falling-Rocks-Paul-Wagner/dp/0984884963
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