I love hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. It's a place that's otherworldly in its landscape and unbelievably serene but within easy driving distance of over Twenty Million People. There are numerous hikes in the Park and you could spend years trying to explore them all. I know. I've spent years hiking there and still have places I haven't even touched. The area around Pushawalla Plateau is one of the more infrequently visited areas and offers fun and interesting side trips. I enjoyed this hike immensely and look forward to going back often. There's always something more to see here.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
My eighth favorite hike of the year was my last one. Not only was I happy that I'd completed my goal but it was also a beautiful day in the desert and I was able to go to an area rich in history. There are so many wonderful places to visit in the Indian Canyons but the Bullseye Rock area is one of my favorites. I've been back many times since.
Trading Post to Bullseye Rock
Trading Post to Bullseye Rock
Friday, November 22, 2013
Ok, so it's been over a year since I updated this thing. At this rate, I'll have my favorite hikes finished sometime after 2020. I'm a person who likes to keep moving forward so going back and looking at the past is not easy for me. Picking the best of these hikes is hard because there are so many I really like. Sadly, there are also quite a few that are really mundane and boring. Maybe once I'm retired I can try this again and have time to visit more interesting and exotic locales.
I really liked this hike and enjoy the entire area; it close but has a remote feel to it. I went back yesterday and found the mines have now been closed by the National Forest Service so I'm glad I went when I did and was able to actually go inside the mines. Supposedly, the USFS said they closed the mines due to the local bat population but I didn't see any bats when I was there. We did see a frog, though.
I also found out that the mine is called the NEW Hemet Bell Mine. I haven't been able to find where the OLD Hemet Bell Mine is so I guess my original title will do just fine.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
This hike was not particularly long or interesting. I did not see anything really exciting or noteworthy. However, it was an example of my family's support and my own persistence so I'm nominating it as my 10th favorite hike of the year.
I seldom get sick—Which I attribute to the amount of junk food I eat. Germs don't want to live in my body—but on this day I was down for the count. With the support of my lovely wife and son I was able to get out and keep the streak alive even though I barely was. I thank them for being there for me and it's a great reminder of what a difference family support can make in realizing your dreams.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
I'm reading through my trips for the year to see what my favorites were. After I'm done—and when I find time—I'm going to post my 10 favorite hikes of the year. That'll make it easy on anyone who wants to find some fun adventures to do but don't want to read through an entire year of ramblings. If you've got a favorite, leave a comment and let me know.