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Thursday, February 16, 2017, Jumbo Rocks Campground, Joshua Tree National Park, CA , 146.4 Miles, 4,319.1 Miles For the Trip

I packed up the trailer, said goodbye to hookups, and headed to Joshua Tree National Park. Back through the worst frost heaves (although I can't believe they have enough frost to make them) I've seen, but this time at 25MPH, so everything stayed in place in the trailer. I arrived at Joshua Tree a little after 10:30 AM, and was told by the ranger at the entrance station that there were 15 sites at Jumbo Rocks. Since I wasn't able to get into that campground on my last stay, I went for it.

I'm glad there were 15, because only about 4 of them were suitable for the trailer. Many are single parking spaces with a walk in tent & table location. I found site 40, a notch off one of the loops that was just wide & long enough for the trailer & truck. At least the picnic table is on the correct side. With the Senior Card discount, $7.50 per night for a dry site. There are pit toilets a couple hundred yards away, but no showers. I'm here for 5 nights, leaving on Tuesday.

I wandered around the park taking lots of photos, but you won't see them (or hear from me) until I drive to a location with cell service. Using the amplifier, I see 1X Verizon service at -109db, which might work for a phone call, but won't for data. Depending on the weather, I might make a run to 29 Palms & a grocery store over the weekend. There is a spot between the park & I10 that I found last time I was here, but while close to the Cottonwood campground, it is 25 miles as the crow flies from here, and much further on the park roads. My GPS wants to take me around the park for a 124 mile drive!

Site 40 Site 40 Ears? Wildlife
Some Jumbo Rocks A California Juniper A California Juniper Some Jumbo Rocks
Scull Rock Scull Rock A California Juniper A Joshua Tree
A Joshua Tree Was Going to be Star Photos, But Too Many Clouds!


The View From Above My Site (A full size JPG - 6.26MB)

Dinner was a grilled Turkey Bubba Burger & peaches. Making dinner was interesting. Going from close to sea level to 4000' makes stuff in squirt bottles SQUIRT! I put about 1/2 a cup of mayo on my turkey burger before I could get it to stop. Same problem with my eye drops (although not 1/2 a cup).

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