Sunday, November 12, 2006

Frikkin' Amazing Tree, they should call it.

Friday night we jetted town around 9 or so. Later than preferred but whatever. We drove east toward Joshua Tree but what would a trip out there be without a stop in at the glorious Morongo Casino?

Apparently nothing, 'cause we hit that sucker with both feet and took in some of the finest people-watching ever. That name is dead-on. Moron-Go. While I'm a lousy gambler, I love Indian Casinos for one reason alone. Some people go whale watching, some on safaris and some ride those buggy things to see the polar bears. Me? I like watching freakish people in the middle of the desert spending their Friday nights at the Morongo Casino. We finally escaped around 1:30 AM.

Did I mention we were going camping?

Oh, right. So we plug on for 30 more minutes or so to the area and made a late-night run to a 7-Eleven to buy some water and firewood and stuff before we headed up to where we were camping. After we killed the car lights and the lights from the trunk and all that, it was like daytime out there. It was only a half-moon but, of course, a bazillion stars. It was plenty to set up tents and all that. we then drank beer and sat around our campfire the rest of the night until about 5 in the morning. Got a few hours of sleep and then it was time to pack it in.

We ate breakfast at a cool little mountain place and then headed up into Joshua Tree NP. Immediately, you're hit with that sense of "well, this is why they designated it." The best parks are always that way. This one has worked its way to the top of my list.

We first did some bouldering which helped me remind myself I'm not very good at it. So I took this pic of the others bouldering from a nearby huge rock I shimmied up. You can see them down there in the middle.

And I took some other pictures.

Then we went off on a hike. The light was insane.

We hiked to a little lake in the middle of all this dryness and marveled at the different types of trees.

And the amazing rocks.

Passed a rock formation that looked like a gigantic mouth. Check the petroglyphs on the right and the massive iron deposit across the left face,

Then the light really got good.

And then the sun set.

The whole time we were out there I kept thinking were like some Point Break guys, by day working in advertising and by weekend escaping to the desert and going to the most amazing place. I mean, less than 3 hours away. Nuts. And lastly, here isa pic of the ex-Portfolio Center crew.

Grant, Me, Dave, JD.

The drive back was filled with Modest Mouse and a stop at The Rib Co. in Twenty Nine Palms for a rib dinner. Delicious.

Becase we didn't get back until pretty late and were exhausted, Justin and I had a drink downstairs at the uber-scene that is the Viceroy Hotel. Owen Wilson was there, so that was kinda cool.


Blogger k said...

holy moly.
basically all of it.
holy moly.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

Oh, it was ridiculous. You have no idea. The last few days I feel like my head's been blown wide open. And I thought I had lived a little too!

1:23 AM  
Blogger ktothefe said...

...i lived in yucca valley for two years and used to go hiking in Joshua Tree NP on the weekends. great pictures btw--really captured the feel of the high desert.

11:43 AM  

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