March 10, 2017 Joshua Tree National Park, California

The Desert in Bloom

The Desert in Bloom

The Desert in Bloom

BLM camping area south of Joshua Tree NP

BLM camping area south of Joshua Tree NP

I am camped just outside the south entrance to Joshua Tree NP on BLM land located along the access road to the park. Very fortunate this area is available for camping since it appears all but impossible to get a site within the park. The park campgrounds were not designed for today’s camping rigs so very few of the campsites in these campgrounds will accomodate a larger rig and the few sites that might are pretty hard to snag. I have made the run through the various campgrounds within the park hoping to luck out and snag an empty site pretty much every day I have been here but have had no luck, so I am thankful for the BLM site.

This would be a perfect spot to stay were it not so warm. There is no shade and the temps are hitting the very high 80’s every day. I even turned on the big generator and ran the AC for three hours the other day to make it through the heat of the day, I think that was the first time I have ever done that while boon docking. The other issue is the distance one has to travel across the Park to get to where the Joshua trees grow, about 40 miles from the BLM land. On the other hand, the best displays of wildflowers are all right here at the south entrance to the park just a mile away from my campsite.

Joshua Tree in Bloom

Joshua Tree in Bloom

Joshua Trees

The park’s namesake trees are a multiple branched Yucca on steroids, and many of them are in bloom at this time.

Joshua Tree in Bloom

Joshua Tree in Bloom

But I came here primarily for the desert wildflowers and for once I timed it fairly well.

The Desert in Bloom

The Desert in Bloom

The desert floor is carpeted with colorful blooms right now and the brittle bush is about ready to add to the color.

The Desert in Bloom

The Desert in Bloom

The only drawback so far has been the heat and the unrelenting wind that makes any type of closeup or macro photography impossible. But that wind that ruins my chances for any decent flower images also is the only thing that allows me to survive in my RV when the temperature comes close to hitting 90 every day. Interestingly the park info states that the average March high temperature is 70 degrees. Fortunately, when the sun sets, the temperatures do drop to very comfortable levels fairly quickly.

Looking East at Sunrise

Looking East at Sunrise

Went outside this morning to snap a shot of the colorful sunrise to the east …

Looking West at Sunrise

Looking West at Sunrise

… turned around to get back in the RV and got the full moon still out at sunrise. Just love boon docking in the desert !!

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