Joshua Tree National Park in day and a half

For four years we spent Thanksgiving weekend in Northern Sierra hoping for snow and hiking among the pines. And last year was a disappointment. I wore a thing flannel shirt all weekend long. It was so warm so all snow that fell in previous days melted without signs. Was it the reason for such dramatic…

Photos from Pioneertown

Pioneertown is a great short (or long) stop on the way to Joshua Tree that brings not just rest after a drive but also allows to play and pretend that you are in the old western town. And it was precisely a goal of the town creators, Dick Curtis, Roy Rogers, and Russell Hayden and…

Valley of Fire State Park

So what to start with? I’m not a fan of Las Vegas. Not even a little. But the area around it – mmm, so beautiful. Valley of Fire is one of them. The vast part has all the features that make high desert places interesting: colorful rocks, arches, sunsets. The Valley of Fire first appeared…