Im in Los Angeles at the moment for the Triathlon Business International Conference (more on that in a later post).  While those in the north east are preparing for a 100 year snow storm, I decided to view the effects of a 100 year drought at Joshua Tree National Park.  I had a free morning and thought that it would be worth the trek from Los Angeles to the desert.  I was right.  The landscape is gorgeous.  I only had time to hike around on some of the easier trails for a few hours (and I still got lost), but it was well worth the trip.  Below are pictures.  The landscape is even more gorgeous in real life.

Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree

Panoramic of Hidden Valley

Panoramic of Hidden Valley

More boulders in Hidden Valley

More boulders in Hidden Valley

Climbing the boulders in Hidden Valley

Climbing the boulders in Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley

Barker Dam Trail Panoramic

Barker Dam Trail Panoramic

On the trail out to Barker Dam

On the trail out to Barker Dam

My other rabbit friend

My rabbit friend

My rabbit friend

My other rabbit friend

Wall Street Mill

Wall Street Mill

20th Century Well

20th Century Well

Things left behind

Things left behind

Joshua Tree Glyphs

Joshua Tree Glyphs

Mojave Desert

Mojave Desert

Snow capped Mount San Gorgonio

Snow capped Mount San Gorgonio

Barker Dam - 100 Year Drought

Barker Dam – 100 Year Drought

Dried oasis at Barker Dam

Dried oasis at Barker Dam

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Kelly Burns Gallagher

mccarter english employment litigator / oiselle team runner / coeur sports triathlete / sonic endurance coach & race director / witsup.com writer / dartmouth '02 / emorylaw '05

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