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A Short Hike in Joshua Tree

Hiking the High View Trail

sunny 80 °F

Before leaving home we’d decided that we would bring a good bottle of Champagne along for a celebration. We didn’t have anything in particular to celebrate but thought that we’d just celebrate us because we could and we are old enough. We brought an older bottle of Iron Horse.

After our snake adventure we were getting hungry but knew that we needed to pay for our campsite and decide what to do. The ranger at the visitor center said to just look around then we could pay after we had a plan. We drove around the campground, this time seeing the rutted roads. After looking around and thinking about driving to other campgrounds in the park, we decided our site was quite nice and we left the RV where it was.

Dale popped the champagne and we started cooking. We set up our little portable picnic table with a tablecloth, champagne flutes, and good tableware. I remembered the sterling when we started to eat and skipped that.

After a breakfast of eggs, grilled salmon and sautéed potatoes we thought we’d walk to the visitor center. We needed to figure out what to do for the day. The ranger suggested that we hike on the “High View” a nature trail. This is a trail with marked signposts along the way. She gave us a booklet that had descriptions to correspond with the marker posts.

The 1.3-mile trail is a moderate trail, but moderate here is so steep in places that there are steps up the hill. And, although it is a nature trail, it is not paved so not accessible to people who have trouble hiking.

The trail is a loop that goes along some ridges then down into a valley. We got our heart rates up but with the stops at the posts we were not too overworked.

We realized ½ way thru the hike that we should document the posts and share it with a cousin. This became a way to also take a closer look at our surroundings. When we explained our plan to the ranger, she said to keep the booklet and share that as well.
Dale grilled some chicken for dinner but it got so cold after dark that we had to eat inside the RV. This time using sterling. Ever the class act!

Posted by Miss Chris 15:15 Archived in USA Tagged road_trip nature hiking driving camping rv outdoors joshua_tree_national_park

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