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Joshua Tree NP - The Ocotillo Patch

I'm going to talk about two stops we made next. First was at the visitor's center to get our pass. It was $10.00 per car. We talked a little with the ranger there about our dogs and that it's too bad they couldn't go on the trails. She peered out to the parking lot to look at our car and we quickly let her know we didn't bring them but that they enjoy going places with us :)

Anyway, the ticket was good for seven days and the time we paid was 12:20pm. A little late in the day but still at least four hours to drive around. We were running low on gas so knew we'd have to drive north out of the park to Twentynine Palms to get some more. But in the meantime, we'd stop a few places along the way.

We first took a stop at a crossroads. It was Old Dale Road, Black Eagle Mine Road and the one we were on - Pinto Basin Road. The views were amazing. Sean wanted to take one of the side roads (sandy) but with only us it would be dangerous. So we took a photo and drove on.

Hmm, I'm forgetting one stop prior to this but I will get to that later on. It was at a place titled "The Desert . . . Deserted?" It was fascinating. I will definately write about it later.

We drove on to Ocotillo Patch. It was such a neat place. We stopped next to a wash (I don't remember the name now) and got out to take pictures. These ocotillo are really neat plants. They grow to be very tall. They have a beautiful green shade due to small leaves that grow all over it. And when in bloom it is covered in small red flowers that remind me of little firecrackers. This picture doesn't do justice to the plant.

I was watching a group of Jeeps passing by and wishing we had 4x4 type friends :)

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