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Joshua Tree - A survival guide
Went camping with some pals this weekend. Figured it might be a good idea to post some things I've learned during my many travels through the desert.

And so, I bring you, Skorzy, Niko and Amsel's Guide to Desert Hikes!

(PS: this is our album cover)

Make sure that if you leave camp you bring all the food. Leave none for the slackers who stayed behind. (oops)

Stay hydrated

Obey posted signs

Respect park property

If taking photos, be sure to check that your equipment is in working order

Beware of local wildlife (Return of the desert cougar, and this time it's brought a desperate housewife with it OH CRAP!)

Always be aware of possible shelters in case of inclement weather (but check for desert bears first, I hear they can be fierce when prodded)

Dress appropriately

And lastly (and this one is serious...no really) in case of an emergency clothing repair, Joshua trees and other yuccas can be used to repair clothing. Simply grab a spine, whittle away the green leaving the "needle", let dry, and sew!

Stay tuned for more photos!

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xxbalaaxx From: xxbalaaxx Date: October 13th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)
your photo adventures are awesome good fun to see. The first pic is spectacular :D.
dragonheadthing From: dragonheadthing Date: October 13th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! No swimming!
doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: October 13th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Eheh ... This will be useful for sure! ;D That rock vaguely reminded me of certain cavities you can find on the Elephantine Island in Egypt =)

... and that sign? :P XD there was a lake or something, maybe?
BTW, I want a tea can like that!!!! XD
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: October 13th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was actually a dam that does fill up around February, but during this season its completely dry and you can walk through it :)
doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: October 13th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow!!! :P

Here in Spain you can find a lot of artificial basins and sometimes, when they dry up, you can see ruins of old abandoned submerged towns (often bell towers and churches are used as reference to check the water level) XD

PS: Did you received my E-mail? My father was working to protect our line and I don't know if it delivered it (It got blocked);
ihih ... it's funny because I was writing to know if there were some news and then you posted these two entries! XD
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: October 13th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah i did, gimme a bit to respond to it? I'm really exhausted. I've been posting these entries as a break from work/schoolwork as they don't require much thinking.
doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: October 13th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Uh ... yes, yes!!! :P
I'm Sorry, it was just to check; I recently sent some mails to other friends as well, but they didn't received them.
keesh From: keesh Date: October 13th, 2008 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Holy cow! I never knew that about Yuccas!!! That is genius and a keeper for sure!! :D
skorzy From: skorzy Date: October 13th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup! There's one yucca you can "bite" gently around the spine and then pull it out of the leaf, along with about a foot of fibrous material for sewing. But, lacking sufficient bite power, a knife works like a charm.

I had told Amsel about being able to do this with yuccas. Upon returning from town with firewood, I was laughing my ass off to learn that she actually DID it to repair her sweater.
keesh From: keesh Date: October 14th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
You da rat!!! :D
kylet From: kylet Date: October 13th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought Desperate Housewives WERE cougars! :::rimshot:::

These are all a hoot. I hate taking photos cuz I always look retarded, but you guys never fail to have both cool ones AND hilarious ones. TEACH ME.

It's also really weird to see you all bundled up while in deserty conditions. It *looks* like it should be really hot.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: October 13th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
The key is to take a LOT and pick out your favorites XD And also not to really care too bad about what you look like (or in my case, be aware of what angles make you look terrible and avoid them XD)

And actually it was very windy and cold this time of year. It got into the 30's at night and in the day time it was in the 70's or so but had pretty bad wind chill. On Keys View (where we're overlooking) the wind was really really picking up, hence the Mt. Everest wear. Its high desert too so it tends to be colder.
oggydoggie From: oggydoggie Date: October 13th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hehe you guys are amusing. I lived out there for 18 years.
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