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Joshua Tree NP – April 3-5, 2009

July 21st, 2011 by

We spent a weekend out in Joshua Tree for Ryan’s birthday in April 2009. While there, we checked out the Wall Street Mill, and then took a zaggy walk through the Wonderland of Rocks to Garrett’s Arch, purportedly the largest natural rock arch in the park. We also took a walk a bit more in the northwest area of the park. That evening we sat around at the rental house, had some food and drink, and played some games, and the following day we went out to the 49 Palms Oasis and I did that walk again.


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I think this is the only image I shot this trip that actually has a Joshua tree in it

Some walking through the park

Arizona – March 2009, Part the Third and Last

July 12th, 2011 by

After leaving the national monuments, we headed east, to Petrified Forest National Park. We backpacked one night in the wilderness northern portion of the park (the part north of I-40, more or less, which the park straddles), and then walked around in that area for a bit, before returning to our cars and heading south to the southern parts of the park, before heading to Phoenix for our final night in Arizona, before all heading home.


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Onwards, to take a tour of more petrified things

Arizona – Part the Second, A Brief Interlude – March 2009

July 10th, 2011 by

After we headed out of the Grand Canyon (March 27), our primary next goal was the Petrified Forest National Park, but we took the opportunity to stop in a couple of locations along the way – Wupatki National Monument and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. The first is the site of a large pueblo, and the latter is, well, a crater. Both were quite impressive, well worth a stop.

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Standing on the sign.

To the Monuments