Tuesday, May 27, 2008

ROAD TRIP TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK...THX TO VETERANS

Today we went to Joshua Tree, Me, Peter and the dogs, Snoopy and Buddha.
We took Route 62...a long and steep drive up to the altitudes where the Joshua Trees grow. We took a dirt road, a new "back way" to the park, and snapped photos of the some of the beautiful blossoms present in the desert right now. We also saw alpacas, a pheasant, a blackbird (of course, always) a "chick-monk" (what the kids always called them), and various other lifeforms. Buddha kept trying to get into the front seat and when he finally did, we discovered he wanted to be under Peter's legs while Peter was driving...the pics were so cute, I couldn't resist. Those two are inseparable. Finally got to the park. Found a great place to explore, the dogs loved it. We climbed the rocks, the dogs wanted to but couldn't make it up the side of the rock due to the lack of opposable thumbs and other issues. We have the series of Peter climbing the rocks...he's really good. He knows how to leverage his body, his arms and legs and everything to just jump and sway and BAM! He's made it. So then, because I enjoyed watching him get up there so much, naturally, I enjoyed watching him get down, but not before he struck his famous pseudo-martial arts post. It has no meaning whatsoever but we must have dozens of pics of him doing this exact same pose. It's weird, but funny. And if you look closely, it's appears that I'm married to Dwight Shrute from The Office...yea. The last pic is of me wearing my funny knit hat that irritated my sister at the Eddie Bauer Warehouse...so while we shopped I followed her around while wearing it. But, here it protects my ears from the wind. And so...ta dah!!!!! Such was the day at Joshua Tree. Now, the photos are reversed in that, the last are first and the ones at the bottom are the beginning of the trip so scan down to the bottom photos first then up...sorry...still learning... me out.












Obviously, this poor Joshua Tree has lost its contact and can't seem to locate it...that's irritating.








Buddha sneaking up front to be where the action is.

Buddha's hiding spot under Peter's legs while he drove. Probably not safe but oh so adorable.

We don't know what this old tower was...jail?...look out post?...light house in the middle of the desert?...who knows?

Peter behind bars...cool pic huh?

"The Long and Dirty Road"...

This is where they grow pretty Eddie Bauer sweaters...there's one resting over there.

These pheasant shrieked to us, made us look at it, shrieked again and waited for us to back up and take its picture....prideful?...maybe, but definitely a pleasant pheasant.

Peter thinks this plant looks like it came from Mars...I think it looks like it came from Planet Geek.

These little pink blossoms form what appear to be little paper laterns...cute!

The long road (Route 62) up to the high desert.

Old Man Snoopy is actually smiling while waiting in the car.

Buddha doesn't quite seem to know yet what's going on.

4 comments:

The Bowmans said...

Love the pics! And love the hair! How brave you are to cut it yourself. But you did a great job.

katzbox said...

Oh, thanks honey. Hope you're feeling okay. I think of you when I go to JT and spy a great pic...particularly one with great light...this IS the Abbot...right? Love to all 3/4 of you anyway. Grandma

Diane said...

Amazing! You are already a pro with your new camera! These pictures are incredible. I think the bit about the one tree looking for his contact is hilarious. I sat at my computer and laughed out loud.
So you.

Eliot Bowman said...

This post was awesome, Mom. I just love you soooo much.