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My name is Rachel, I live in California, I'm 40, married for 15 years to Sean and have two dogs. My hobbies are my dogs Leo & Ferny, hiking, exploring, enjoying life.

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These Canyons are Full of Ghosts ~ Emmett C. Harder
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Khiori's Solitude

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings; Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine into flowers..."
~John Muir

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November 10, 2004


Going to take a few days off from this until I'm back on balance.

November 06, 2004

Joshua Tree NP - Day Two, Barker Dam

We decided to return to Joshua Tree NP the following day. Got up early, once again filled our mini cooler with goodies, grabbed camera and such and headed out the door.

Instead of approaching the park from the south like the day before, we decided to approach from the north side. It was to be a shorter drive but more interesting. No freeways, just highways. And the biggest part was just getting off our mountain.

We took SR 173. The only SR in California that is not paved. Nor really maintained. Dirt, harrowing, one car wide for two way passage. YIKES. Also, it's prone to slides.
SR 173

We passed a few others and no one was pushed off the edge :) We were rewarded with a nice view at the end. Whew.
Victor Valley

Our first stop once in the park was Barker Dam. We had driven past the trailhead the day before. Today we would walk it. According to the signs it was a mile walk. We somehow ended up walking a good three miles, missing a turn in the trail and ending up on a new one entirely lol.

Barker Dam was created by the ranchers in the area to catch rainfall for their livestock. I was surprised to see some water still in it from the last rainfall - months before. It was such a pretty place that I'm not surprised there's a nature to it. We also saw a bit of the Desert Queen Ranch although we didn't know it until hours and hours later.

Barker Dam "Pond" for wildlife watering now.
Barker Dam Pond

Barker Dam wall
Barker Dam wall

Desert Queen Ranch Watering trough
Watering Trough

Closeup of the trough showing year it was made
Date on the trough

November 05, 2004

Job Applications

I'm filling out job applications today. Say a prayer. I really really need to find work ASAP.

November 03, 2004


Doing maintenance today to the site. Updating links and such. Also, I'm going to be doing a presentation page on the Joshua Tree Geology Tour. It will take a while to finish though. Ta!

November 02, 2004

Control Burn

Here are some pictures of the control burn that took place over at Tunnel Two on Saturday, October 31st.

They were very careful!

Control Burn start
This is how they would burn a pile of branches and things. I think it's called "Slash"

Later it would burn down to just about nothing.
Control Burn finish

The end result is to be a "parklike" setting. This area was not far from where they were working. It was finished and the birds were already there singing away.
Parklike Setting

Here is a picture of some of the trucks we saw. Most were not this kind but the fire engine type.
Control Burn Trucks

Election Day!

American Flags Don't forget to vote! I voted last week via absentee ballot. I find absentee ballot much more suitable for me. I know some folks prefer to cast their ballot "at the box". Whatever works for you!

November 01, 2004

Controlled Burns

Saturday we got to watch the Forestry dept. guys do a control burn near our house. It was very interesting to see how they do it and how it would look when done. Tomorrow I will post some pictures of the control burn and what the land looks like once it's completed.

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