Life in a nutshell, 'cos it's better if you're nuts!

A collection of random thoughts, adventures, happenings and general goings on in the Gardner Family.
Freeway Frenzy

Freeway Frenzy

This morning we suddenly got very conscious of the fact that we had just three nights left, and that we had to get all the way from the south-east side of Los Angeles to San Francisco.

More Joshua Trees

More Joshua Trees

A new day dawned, and another whole day in Joshua Tree was in the offing.  We began with the customary free breakfast at the Best Western.

Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree

A Rangers at the Park Headquarters told us that we should leave the park in mid afternoon and return in early evening, because the afternoon temperature would be too hot to bear.

Too Much Driving

Too Much Driving

We set ourselves the target of getting to Joshua Tree National Park from Holbrook in a day, which meant we had to cross all of Arizona and half of California.

Petrified Trees

Petrified Trees

It’s a long drive east along I-40 to Holbrook to visit the Petrified Forest National Park   There isn’t much to look at in that direction.

Off to Flagstaff

Off to Flagstaff

We wanted a walk along the rim of Grand Canyon, so we parked up in a big lot in what looked like an old railway yard, and found our way to the bus stop going to Hermit’s Rest.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Over breakfast we were debating most was whether to take some sort of flight over the canyon. We decided to go for it.

Monumental

Monumental

This morning started off as a complete disaster for us.  Overnight, Mexican Hat had been hit by a power cut as a result of the thunderstorm the night before.