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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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"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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December 23, 2004

Working hard!

I'm working hard on a project so haven't been able to think of anything to write for today. I will probably be doing the same tomorrow. But I'll write at least to say Merry Christmas :) Ta for now!

December 22, 2004

Mt Sorenson

Ok, going to try to get this one today. It's really windy out and cold. Hopefully the gate to the helipad will be open so we don't have to walk up the whole way. In fact, if the gate is closed - we'll skip it. There's no place to put the car without fear of getting towed away ha. :erm:

*note added 2006 May 07 - This was for a geocache

December 21, 2004

Splinter's Cabin pictures

Well, here are a couple pictures taken along the way:

December 20, 2004

Splinter's Cabin

We hiked to Splinter's Cabin this weekend. We started off at the Northshore Campground and walked the road to 3N34C (Splinter's Cabin). I will write more about this tomorrow and have some pictures too. Wouldn't you know though? We didn't get any pictures while at Splinter's Cabin. But everywhere along the way we did!

December 17, 2004

Joshua Tree NP - Conclusion & Summary

I had never really been interested in the desert. It made me think of heat, spiders, rattlesnakes, and that dry and dusty feeling your hands get. But Joshua Tree NP really changed my mind. It was incredible. I can't wait to go back again. I would love to spend a month exploring it!

Here is a listing of the entries for JTNP in order:

Joshua Tree NP

Joshua Tree NP - The Bajada

Joshua Tree NP - The Ocotillo Patch

Joshua Tree NP - The Desert ... Deserted?

Joshua Tree NP - Heading to the Cactus Garden

Joshua Tree NP - The Cholla Cactus Garden

Joshua Tree NP – Transition Zone

Joshua Tree NP - Split Rock Picnic and Skull Rock Trail

Joshua Tree NP - Key's View

Joshua Tree NP - Bill Keys

Joshua Tree NP - Day Two, Barker Dam

Joshua Tree NP - Day Two, Petroglyphs and Damage

Joshua Tree NP - Day Two, Geology Tour

Joshua Tree NP - Day Two, Going Home

December 16, 2004

Joshua Tree NP - Day Two, Going Home

The day finally came to a close. We left the park via the West Station, going over the mountain and to the north road from home.

On the way out we were treated to a view of this home:
Painted House

Our drive was a long one. But we were given a wonderful sunset to watch. The picture doesn't do it justice. There was no way to capture the incredible colors. You might recognize this from the icon though. They are the same pictures:

December 15, 2004

Joshua Tree NP - Day Two, Geology Tour

I finished it!! The Geology Tour is finally done. Please take a look. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. And even moreso, I hope it inspires others to go on it.

December 14, 2004

Joshua Tree NP - Day Two, Petroglyphs and Damage

Right along the Barker Dam trail is a cave full of petroglyphs. Petroglyphs are carvings made in the patina of the rocks/boulders found in the area. Unfortunately, someone didn't realize this and painted the carvings - in essense destroying them.

We stood and took a bunch of pictures and sadly commented on the boldness of someone painting the glyphs. Just about then a couple came up and the man started climbing all over the cave. It just seemed to add insult to injury. :\ Here is a page of the pictures and some comments.

We walked a bit farther and started to lose our trail. It branched in several different ways. I waited in the shade of a boulder while Sean scouted out the trail. It was a beautifully sheltered spot. The wind came through and made lovely sounds through this tree.

Trail tree

We found our way back to the car. It took a bit of walking in a wash. And we got to see a couple jack rabbits.

From there, we took the Queen Valley road (which was fairly uneventful) and crossed the road to the Geology Tour.

December 13, 2004

Mill Peak

Take Keller Peak road for 1/2 mile. Look for the big turn out on the right. Go around the closed gate. Follow that road until the first fork. Go left. Follow the road until you see a road go off on the right. Take that!

Look for the ribbons and follow those. At close to the top, you will see two ducks on the right and ribbons going up that way. That's the way you go. If you are like us, OTOH, you'll miss this and keep following the road :D If you go this way, once you get to the "front side", look for the trail heading up behind you. Follow that. On top of some boulders you will find a can to register your hike :) Mill Peak!

Round trip from Highway 18, Mill Peak and back is ~4 miles or so.

Looking toward LA

Looking toward the desert

Looking, uhm, left

Looking at San Bernardino, I think

December 10, 2004

It's Official!!

I didn't get the job at the University. Ah well. It was nice they sent a letter. :)

December 09, 2004


One cool thing about buying clothes this time of year - SALES! I bought two pair of jeans for 20 $. They were 40% off what I thought was a decent price to start with. Go me!

December 08, 2004

An Advent Calendar

Rather than bemoan the fact I was late YET AGAIN, here's a real nice online Advent Calendar. Enjoy!

Leslie Harpold Presents

Or you can explore her past year's calendars:
advent calendar 2003
advent calendar 2002
advent calendar 2001

And a Christmas Cake, just for fun:
Three Layer Coconut Cake

December 07, 2004

Rim Forest Bench Mark

Rim Forest

December 06, 2004

Chipmunk Feet in the Snow

Chipmunk tracks

December 03, 2004

Tree Removal At Heaps Peak

Tree Removal At Heaps Peak

December 02, 2004

After Dinner Doggies

Solo And Leo

December 01, 2004

First Snow Fall November 21st 2004

Snow Fall

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