Mojave NP--this time it’s not Natl Park, but Natl Preserve! We’d never heard of this one until I saw pictures at a lunch stop in Baker, CA. I was looking at postcards by the cashier’s counter and all the interesting pictures were all of Mojave. Then when we were in Pahrump, we talked to some folks who had volunteered there for 8 months one year, and they said it was definitely worth the trip back to California when were in Las Vegas.
Mojave NP has more Joshua Trees in higher density than Joshua Tree NP. We stopped first along side the road by a really interesting old lava flow, where I clambered up on the rocks. When you look at this picture, it looks like George is out in the rocks—nope, I climbed downhill and he stayed on top.
We visited the Kelso Depot Visitors Center—which is the old Union Pacific train station. It’s been renovated to just like it was in the 1940s. We took turns taking pictures of each other inside the remains of the old strap-steel jail out by the parking lot. then hiked the Kelso Dunes.