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Joshua Tree - Pt 3
Sunset over the Coachella Valley

We all went up to Keys View, a place where you can see the San Andreas Fault, the lowest point in SoCal next to Death Valley, the Salton Sea, at 230 feet below sea level, the highest peak in SoCal, San Gorgonio at 11,499 feet above sea level, the San Jacinto mountains (the mountains skorzy and I hiked through in our trip to Palm Springs) to watch the sun set.

You can see the Salton Sea on the upper left of this first pic, its that flat white area.
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A couple of people commented about this, even though we were in the desert, yes, it was THAT cold. Don't let the fact that it's a desert fool you, the desert can be a very cold place. Dipping into the 30's at night (which considering its been a steady 98 at my school the week prior, took some getting used to), mid to low 60's during the day but with a serious wind chill, especially at Keys View, hence the heavier clothing compared to the rest of my pics. I believe in just my tent we had 2-3 layers of clothing a piece, with 4 blankets each, roughly. Elevation wise, we were only slightly lower than the elevation of where I live up in the San Bernardino mountains where winter weather is starting to take effect. High deserts are cold, and they do get snow.
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That thin little bulge-strip in the middle of the picture is the San Andreas Fault...again...for the millionth time. Actually in my area its kind of hard to get away from it I've realized. Hell, my school is built practically /on/ it. :P
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thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: October 14th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I've not heard of it. I should check it out. I'm going to tag along on skorzy's birding trip in January to watch the snow goose migration and to take photos of the abandoned structures and urban decay.

There was one time I was passing through Victorville with some friends on my way back from Mammoth, and noticed it had snowed in the desert. It was the oddest thing to me. Especially because we had gone to the snow more than halfway up the state only to come home and find it snowed in the desert around home. Snow covered cactus and Joshua Trees really throw you for a loop if you don't expect it.
areitu From: areitu Date: October 14th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
If you go further up the 395, through to Tahoe during winter, it's a common and bizzare sight. Last December it snowed in the mountains just east of Palm Desert. You could go up Monterey until it turned into 74, and right beyond that, everything was covered in two inches of bright white powder. Cactus in snow, if you will!

Also, I used to live to, and grew up next to the Salton Sea. It's quite the place.
calicatmerlin From: calicatmerlin Date: October 14th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

The Salton Sea

The movie is very strange and does touch base with the meth drug culture. The lead character is played by Val Kilmer.

The Salton Sea

It's not a happy story nor funny like many other drug-related movies like 'Blow', 'Stoned Age', Dazed and Confused' or 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.' However, it is an interesting watch.
From: captainq Date: October 14th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Ahh, all these photos you've been showing us are amazing. Ain't nature grand?
aurorawolf From: aurorawolf Date: October 14th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay, I'll admit it. The desert can be beautiful. :P lol
henriekeg From: henriekeg Date: October 14th, 2008 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks f or posting these pics, they're amazing :D :D *daydreams*
featherlady_jt From: featherlady_jt Date: October 14th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd forgotten how vast and wide open the desert is and how small it can make one feel.

Another great trip you guys might consider - a horse trip down Coyote Canyon. You start on Terwilliger Road in Anza and take the canyon all they way down to the bottom (6 hour ride) in Borrego at the horse camp. Fantastic trip, especially for a weekend, I've done that one a few times. Best in Spring when Borrego's in bloom. :)
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: October 14th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sounds fantastic! And right up my alley. I take it there are places to rent horses or mules?
featherlady_jt From: featherlady_jt Date: October 14th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
There oughta be. I know a lot of people in Anza who own horses and mules. Anza's grown considerably since I lived in that neck of the woods. A of mine used to team up with a couple of other fellows and run a "Ladies Ride" down Coyote Canyon to Borrego every January. Worth checking into.
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