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Mojave Desert: Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms - 5th March 2006

On the first weekend of the two-week working trip to San Diego, Nosher takes the rental MX5 (Miata) for a 500-mile thrash up to the southern edge of the Mojave Desert, to the burgs of Joshua Tree, Yucca Creek and Twentynine Palms. Cue more vanishing-point roads, cacti, derelict buildings and desert. I always love driving around the deserts of the Southwest US - although this route was more trafficked than the previous tour east to Salton City, there are still occasions where you come across places that seem to have no real reason to exist.

next album: San Francisco Part 3: Golden Gate Bridge - 11th March 2006
previous album: San Diego 6: Beaches, Point Loma, Car Parks and Airports - 4th March 2006

Somewhere in San Bernadino State Forest

A view from up in the mountains

The frisky MX5 rental car

Prickly Pear cactus

A Century plant on a hill

Turnouts = lay-by

An assortment of desert plants

Big rocks

A huge vista from a popular vantage point over a twisty road, looking towards Palm Springs

Just outside Palm Springs: the amazing sight of thousands of wind turbines

White sands, white turbines - as far as the eye can see

Strange collapsing shed

A somewhat literalist shop sign, and a couple of funky big cacti

Two huge cacti wait to cross the road

Even in the middle of nowhere at Twentynine Palms, there are fast food joints

Spanish-style church near Joshua Tree visitor's centre

A house for rent, and some cheap footwear

Crumbling shop at Yucca Creek

Derelict house, Yucca Creek

Inside the derelict house, scrawled on the wall, is a somewhat dark missive

Broken glass

What looks like the remains of a home-made air traffic control tower

Fire hydrant

The famous trees of Joshua Tree (even though I'm not a big fan, it's hard not to think of the U-Poo album)

Yay! Vanishing-point road

A tree, with its own postboxes

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Somewhere in San Bernadino State Forest