JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK Desert Hot Springs, California

Expedition Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller         Expedition Date: October 3 & 4, 2019

Welcome to California…gas skyrocketed to $4.99 per gallon. We drove 220 miles from Las Vegas & camped at Desert Hot Springs KOA. The campground had a large thermal hot spring which heated the swimming pool & whirlpools. Campers were on scorpion alert as several large scorpions were reported. We arrived at the right time as it was 114 degrees during the day two weeks ago. Bob Hope, Gene Autry, Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen & many more actors lived next door in Palm Springs where Rosie & I had dinner at Dan & Sweet Sue’s Cafe.
On the drive through southern California we passed Victorville where Roy Rogers & Dale Evans used to live. I visited Roy’s Museum (built like a fort) back in 1991 when I was there to run the Los Angeles Marathon. Roy signed a bunch of comic books and photos for me.

Joshua Tree National Park was a very unique National Park with thousands of Joshua trees, varieties of cacti, desert shrubs & flowers, rock climbers & Mohave Desert habitat. We saw iguanas, squirrels and desert chipmunks. Outside at the Visitor Center I videoed and took photos of several roadrunners, very fast running birds. But I did not see Wiley-Coyote.

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