Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Meet Joshua Tree

The Joshua Tree 

Joshua Tree is not a tree, 
it just looks like one. 
Joshua Tree is actually a Yucca 
and is found primarily in the Mohave Dessert. 

Joshua Trees and Rocks 

The Joshua Tree lives peacefully with a multitude of rocks. 
More rocks than you can imagine ever existed. 
A whole desert full of rocks. 

Mr. Engineer, Teacher Girl (who lives in San Diego) and Soccer Boy (who was on spring break.) 

When we entered the desert, 
I couldn't wait to climb on the rocks 
or to photograph rock formations. 

Mr Engineer Had Ants in His Pants After This Photo. (For real.)

No Ants in My Pants 

But, by the time we left, 
I was so done with rocks. 

Rock Climbing Heaven

I'm thinking this place would be a rock climber's heaven. 
For everyone else a day will do ya. 


Checking Out the San Andreas Fault 
(The small hill line in the valley.) 

Checking Out the Petroglyphs in the Rocks.
Look behind her. 

I'm pretty certain Dr Seuss was inspired by the Joshua Tree. 
 After all, he only lived 2.5 hours from the Mohave Dessert. 

The Sneeches, by Dr. Seuss

What do you think? 
The only thing missing is the rocks. 

If you love rocks, the desert or Joshua Trees, you can view lots more here. 


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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Crazy Ho Chi Minh Trail, San Diego, California

If you dare...and if you can find it... 
The Ho Chi Minh Trail, San Diego
(aka La Jolla Trail)

Beginning the Upper End of the Trail

This sandy trail begins between two fences 
around some pretty nice homes. 

Upper Section of Trail

It works its way down to the beach below. 

The Beach Below Ho Chi Minh Trail, San Diego

The nearby clothing optional Black's Beach 
will either scare you or motivate you.  ;) 

Checking Out The Lower Section Ahead

I read about this trail on several blogs and travel sites. 
They all said the trail was moderate...
you can ask my physically fit 20 year old son about that. 
He says: No way is this moderate. 


Yup, That's The Trail Near the Lower End
(There were two folks stranded on the right side who came from the Glider Port Trail.)

It's a steep, twisty, rocky, sandy, narrow climb. 
It was also pretty popular when we were there. 

You'll See Para Gliders Overhead

We think the recent rains (2017) may have washed parts of the trail away 
making it more difficult...but still...moderate?  

The Trail Head...Not An Easy Find 

Here is my recommendation: 
Take the steps down from the nearby Torrey Pines Glider Port to the north
and work your way up the trail (- going down is harder.) 
I found climbing barefooted easier on the sandy sections. 


Access the Trail Via the Beach or 9883 La Jolla Farms Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

More photos of the trail and surrounding La Jolla area 
can be found here




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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunrise, Sunset - Swiftly Flow the Days

San Diegans flock to Sunset Cliffs Blvd. each evening. 
Why? 
To view the sunset of course. 

Getting Splashed

Here, you'll find sunsets, cliffs, the ocean and surfers. 
A perfect combo.  

She walked in front of my shot.
I should thank her. 

The tide was coming in and after getting lightly splashed 
I made the wise choice and relocated a little higher. 

 The Cliffs at Sunset Cliffs


My smart family was waiting for me above, 
on the top of the cliffs. 


Waves Crashing Higher

On the east coast we get sunrises over the ocean. 
But ya have to get up so dang early for those. 

Slower Shutter Speed, Hand Held


I am not an early riser
so I have to fly to the west coast to get these photos.  
;)






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