Looking at the map a little closer I noticed that just 5 miles east on I-10 is General Patton's Memorial Museum. We had never been there so with trailer in tow off we went. We had completely forgotten that it was Veterans Day. They were having a big ceremony, along with BBQ hamburgers, hot dogs and a chili cook off; the place was packed with people, cars and even a tour bus. We went up a little dirt road and pulled up along side of a couple of Army tanks behind the building and parked. We even put our flag up so we looked official. The tour or the memorial museum was very good displaying items of history from WWI to Iraq.
The shell casings where beautiful
This was a frame that they would put on top of a Jeep in WWII and then cover it with canvas so it would look like a tank. I guess it worked
A fly-over of P 34s
After a few hours, we were on to Joshua National Park, just a few miles up the road. When we got there we found out that the campground that we wanted to stay at was closed. It had heavy damage from flash floods a few months ago and it had not been cleaned up yet. The other campgrounds where full because of Veteran's Day Holiday weekend. So we turned around and went just outside the boundary which was BLM land and found a nice place to boondock along with several others.
The road looked good, but there had been quads running around and the place that there was a flash flood became very loose sand and we didn't make it through. Luckily there were other really nice people that gave us a hand at getting unstuck. We actually had to unhook, pull our truck out and then another truck with 4x4 pulled our trailer out. A couple of years ago when we got our truck..............We don't need a 4x4. We were thinking snow, not sand.
Finally all settled in
The wash out from their monsoon rains a couple of months ago
middle of wash out
Beautiful desert flowers
End of a beautiful day
Next morning out for an early morning walk
note the long shadows
Close up of ocotillo branch
Some Ocotillos were blooming
It's easy to see why the early settlers used these branches for fencing
Up close of the flower about to open up
Look real close this is a perfect ant hill with shadow behind it
No ants at this one, it's probably too early and too cold
My shadow next to my coffee cup and walking stick
Breakfast after our morning walk
We always have waffles on Sunday
Tomorrow we are moving into Joshua Tree National Park.
Safe travels to all
Nancy and Joe