Decided to visit with our friends, the Wheatleys at their
Palm Springs house. Set off down the I10 at 75MPH, stopping at
Quartzsite to visit the gem and stone fair.
After admiring the geodes, crystals and purdy stones, we pressed on to Palm Springs, arriving in time for dinner and several
refreshing beverages at the foot of the . On Olympic-class chinwag ensued until we were
all caught up and crashed for the night. San Jacinto Mountains
The next day, Mike drove us to the University Market for a browse, then on to the Living Desert Zoological gardens for a tour of the world’s deserts and their denizens and plants.
Fish and chips with some interesting Mexican beers and more chinwags.
The next day, we motored up into the mountains to see the Joshua Tree Forest National Park. Furnished by weird volcanic upwellings of monzogranite into what appear to be heaps of shattered, wind-sculpted boulders, dumped by aliens. And of course, miles of Joshua Trees, Ocotillo and Pallo Verde exotica. From the lookout, we could see snow on
Mount San Jacinto
and the great rift of the San Andreas Fault.
College of the Desert Market
Living Desert Gardens
Joshua Tree National Park