From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere. – Dr Seuss. 

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The first reaction of many who enter Joshua Tree National Park is, where have I landed? and what are these creatures?. For others there is a sense that you have jumped into the beloved Dr. Seuss’s book, The Lorax, as the quirky vegetation has a striking resemblance to the Truffula Trees.

The truth is Joshua trees are not trees at all and instead a member of the Agave family known as Yucca brevifolia.  Ok, at first look they are quite ugly, but spring rains will bring long stalks of white flowers and meadows of wildflowers at their feet.

Until then…

Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking life through the wrong end of a telescope. –Dr Seuss.  fullsizeoutput_2d68

Joshua Trees are indigenous to the Mohave Desert of California. The park’s namesake comes from pioneers heading west who thought the trees were a message from Joshua, a biblical figure, guiding them west.

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You’re off to great places today is your day. Your mountain is waiting so get on your way.-Dr Seuss

An unexpected surprise the to region was the granite boulders that seem to have been placed for one reason, exploration.  And while there is camping at the foot of the granite mountains, permits are required  for the backcountry. fullsizeoutput_2d70

We speak for the trees…

…and sometimes the trees speak to us.  Our detour to Joshua Tree was a last-minute decision while traveling home last weekend.  We thought it would be a change in scenery and while we were right, we also learn of the significance of yuccas in this barren landscape. The Native Americans utilized  leaves for clothing and basket weaving, and the ground seeds for a flour.  Yuccas are necessary for the survival of flora and fauna in the Mohave Desert, but it’s history is rich with cattle ranchers, and those traveling west …like us.

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