Joshua Tree

Two weeks ago, when our friends Janice and Andy were in town visiting, we took a day trip out to Joshua Tree National Park. This has been on my list of places to go since we moved to California and it didn't disappoint!

That's the San Andreas Fault in the background.
Am I taller than this tree? Not quite...
Hiking up to an old mine in the hills.
Andy contemplates the burned vegetation.
Matt found some "gold"! Here he is giving it the old bite test.
Playing with some old machinery at the abandoned mine.
I'd recommend a visit there if you're ever out west! It's so amazingly beautiful! I can't wait to head out there again sometime for more exploring...