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Friday, January 2, 2015

Joshua Tree National Park

Aloha Everyone,

Joshua Tree National Park is approximately 2 1/2 hours drive from my Mother's house. Located in the Palm Desert of California, it became a U.S. National Park when the US Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act in 1994.

Here is a picture of my mother at the Visitor Center.

My mother standing by a Joshua Tree:

Dr. Seuss was captivated by these twisted, original shaped Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia) native to the park and used them as inspiration for the "truffula trees" in The Lorax.  The book warns about the dangers of deforestation and over commercialization. Hopefully, that will never happen here. I must read the book again with our granddaughter.

Last night, J.J. and I found a nearby R.V. park to stay at:

We had initially planned to spend three nights here, but after the temperature dropped below freezing point, we checked in at Courtyard at Marriott to be closer to my Mother and our son's family who are staying at the JW Marriott Desert Palm Resort.

Here is an icicle that formed on one of our vents of Honu:

Aloha -- Cathi