We drove from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park this morning, and spent the afternoon driving through the park and taking a couple of short walks. Yesterday a snowfall caused the park to close down for several hours, but fortunately, the roads are now clear. It’s been a perfect day: the skies are vivid blue, the snow is decorative but not dangerous, the rock formations are very impressive, and the air is sparkling clean — no haze! The Joshua Trees for which the park is named are beautiful desert plants.
What is a Joshua Tree? According to the National Park Service info:
“Known as the park namesake, the Joshua tree, Yucca brevifolia, is a member of the Agave family. Until recently, it was considered a giant member of the Lily family. However, modern DNA studies led to the division of that formerly huge family into 40 distinct plant families. Because of these studies, Joshua trees now have the more accurate Agave family designation.”
We’ve checked into a nice hotel, and hope all will be well for our continued visit to the park.
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