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Death Valley: Ubehebe Crater and an unfortunate series of events…

The night after our epic hike through Golden Canyon, I tweaked my back.  It was BAD…and by bedtime, I was out of commission. The next morning, I had such excruciating pain, I needed help getting dressed and standing up! I … Continue reading

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From Desert Oasis to Death Valley

We left the lush oasis of Palm Springs on Jan. 30th to brave the wilds of Death Valley National Park. We were excited to spend New Year’s Eve there and catch a glimpse of the night sky in a place … Continue reading

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UC Riverside Botanic Gardens

I was missing trees and green things that aren’t sharp and pointy.  We’d been in the desert for about 2 weeks and we were about to head to Death Valley. I needed to see some trees (not palm trees) and … Continue reading

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Palm Canyon Trail in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

We took a day to visit Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California’s largest state park, and part of the Colorado Desert.  We entered the park through the charming kitschy desert town of Borrego Springs, headed for the Palm Canyon Trail.     This … Continue reading

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Joshua Tree National Park: The Colorado Desert

To us, the Mojave desert seems a bit bleak, sparse, desolate, and harsh.  But it feels like lush jungle rainforest compared to the Colorado Desert.  We crossed over the transition zone while driving south, and all of a sudden were … Continue reading

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Joshua Tree National Park: Black Rock Campground

We spent 2 nights camping in Joshua Tree National Park. (we had originally planned on 5, but, well, the van needed TLC) The first night, we camped at Black Rock Canyon Campground, near the town of Yucca Valley.  The campground … Continue reading

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It’s Sabbatical Time AGAIN!

It has been 7 years since our year-long sojourn in the UK and Northern Europe. Now, Brad is on sabbatical again, but this time, sadly, we only have one semester plus the summer to play with. Holly must teach during … Continue reading

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