Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hall of Horrors


Bill and I decided that we'd like to visit all the marked pull-out areas in Joshua Tree National Park. There are a lot of them, so this will be a good project for 2010! We started with the Hall of Horrors. Always wondered what was so scary about it. Nothing, it turns out. In fact, this particular area is often used as a training ground for novice rock climbers. The above photo makes me think of a spaceport for rocks.

There are just an endless array of interesting rocks, as shown below.





The photo below shows what I call "the San Gorgonio effect." It seems that no matter where you go in the Morongo Basin, when you look over your shoulder you're likely to see Mt. San Gorgonio. That's its snow-capped self in the far distance, blue on the horizon.



In the last photo, the big hill in the background is part of another area to explore across the road. We'll get there eventually!