Day 65: Joshua Tree National Park and drive to Tucson

Published: July 3rd 2011
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Today we woke up early and left LA for Tucson. It was going to be a long day of driving (about 9 hours), so we decided to break it up by visiting Joshua Tree National Park. We drove for about 3 hours until we got to the park. Unfortunately when we arrived there was no-one at the entrance gate, so we couldn't get a map of the park. We drove around ourselves and managed to find a few cool spots. The National Park was filled with Joshua Tree's, which are trees with lots of Yucca Plants on them, and there were piles and piles of boulders which formed some really cool shapes. The temperature was 47 degrees celcius!! It was so hot it felt like we were in an oven, unlike anything we'd ever experienced.
We headed back to the entrance of the park and stopped at the visitors centre to check which direction we had to head in to get to Tucson, and it turned out that we needed to go all the way back through the park which meant alot of backtracking! We crossed the border into Arizona and discovered that the road signs were a million times better and clearer than in California.
We stopped for dinner briefly and got to our hostel just after 10pm. We are staying at the Roadrunner Hostel, which is the cutest hostel we have stayed at yet. We were so tired we headed straight to bed, but unfortunately there was a lady in our room who snored so loudly that neither of us got much sleep. She also slept naked but that was another issue!

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joshua tree

the boulder type things we climbed in 47deg heat!

cottonwood trees

rosie revelling in the heat and taking in the scenery

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