January 7-8

January 7-8

From Salton Sea To Joshua Tree

As it was a bit cloudy and cooler yesterday, we decided to hang around the resort. We did some laundry, played some mini-golf (very badly), then spent some time at the pool.

Today, we drove down to the Salton Sea (the story behind its creation was in the last post. It is the largest lake in California, but very shallow. Water comes into it, but does not flow out. It has a very high evaporation rate, so the salinity is actually higher than the Pacific Ocean:

Salt deposits along the shore.

Salt deposits along the shore.

Years ago, there were 8 or 9 species of fish in the lake; now there are only Talapia (400 million of them). Hence the layer of dead fish:

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After spending about an hour there, we drove north to Joshua Tree National Park. It is certainly a unique landscape:

A Joshua Tree. Believe it or not, it is a relative of the lily.

A Joshua Tree. Believe it or not, it is a relative of the lily.

Click the picture for a larger, more readable version.

Click the picture for a larger, more readable version.

You don't want to mess with these; they are razor sharp!

You don’t want to mess with these; they are razor sharp!

The Park is full of these rock formations.

The Park is full of these rock formations.

 If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the reclusive Rock Wa.

If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the reclusive Rock Wa.

After grabbing a burger at “Chelo’s Burgers” (one would have fed both of us!), we returned to the campsite at about 7:00. We are going to take the day off tomorrow, before heading for Camp Verde, Arizona for a few nights.

One thought on “January 7-8

  1. It is just wonderful all the beautiful and interesting things you are seeing and learning about practically in your own back yard. It is wonderful to read your blog and the pictures are beautiful.

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