Posts Tagged With: National Parks

Camping in Joshua Tree National Park, California

Although I’m not completely sold on the desert, I am sold on Joshua Tree National Park (and California in general, but that’s another blog to come).
I decided that before I wrap up my adventures exploring the desert southwest for a while, I had to get back to JTNP and do some camping. I found a weekend that I’d be close by and made it happen.

Camping here was EPIC! Although it was indeed hot (highs peaked into the 100’s and overnight lows only mid-80’s), it was also very quiet. It felt as if I had this vast desert wonderland to myself.  I explored quite a bit and did some hiking. Ryan Mountain and Pinto trail were two on my list. I also explored the Keys View area. I camped in Cottonwood Springs part of the park. This is closest to the I-10 and just about 30 miles from Palm Springs and the Salton Sea.

If you’re an adventure-seeking explorer like myself, you simply must put Joshua Tree NP on your short list and get out here. You’ll love it even more if you’re a peak-bagger, love bouldering or rock climbing. This park has it all, including the famous slow-growing Joshua Tree. Over in the Key’s View area, you’ll pass through an EPIC old-growth Joshua Tree forest that’s part of the Mojave Desert.

 

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

No visit to the Southeast is complete without visiting the America’s most popular national park, the Great Smoky Mountains. You heard me right. The Great Smoky Mountains, straddling the boarder of Tennessee and North Carolina  is our nations most popular national park amassing around ten million visitors a year!

Before heading back to Sonoran Desert for more west coast exploring, I wanted to hit up a few of my favorite parts of the park including Clingman’s Dome and Cades Cove. I’ve posted more info on this park before, so I’ll just say that the day started off sunny, but afternoon rain moved in while I was at Clingman’s Dome, the highest elevation in the park. Take a look at the pics!

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