This morning we left the Walmart of Yucca Yalley and headed into Joshua Tree via the Northwestern entrance, which is the only entrance we didn’t explore the last time we were here.
We walked the Hidden Valley loop trail, which winds its way through Hidden Valley, a bowl ringed by low hills:
Hidden Valley has conifers growing in it due to the moisture captured and retained in the valley. The rest of Joshua Tree lost its conifers as the area transitioned to a desert climate. Unfortunately, introduced species, their seeds carried here in the fur of cattle and sheep, prevent the conifer seeds from taking root, so the valley is loosing its conifers. A few dead ones remain:
Hidden Valley confier:
Looking out over Joshua Tree National Park:
On the way to Barstow, our Field Trip Android App alerted us to a sculpture called Rhythms of Life, a 250 x 250 foot sculpture constructed by Andrew Rogers in 2008 and made of hundreds of tons of rock. Here’s what it looks like from the air:
Using the photo above as reference, here we are along the left side of the sculpture:
A photo from the “top” of the sculpture:
Tonight we’re staying at the Walmart of Barstow, CA. See the trip map for details.