This is a picture I took on our way to Joshua Tree National Park a week ago. I often wonder when I see something like this what life was like back in the day. Even today in an area like this it's pretty tough living. I can honestly say I have lived in the desert, not quite like this, but close. My Mom and Dad moved to what we called and is still called, the Johnson Lane Area, between Carson City and Minden, Nevada. And, we moved there in 1979 sometime. We lived there for about 6 months, in what we call the back forty of my Mom and Dads House. My Dad had purchased a trailer and put it in the back and we rented it from him. I really wanted to live there, but Diane had doubts. After we had lived there for a while, Diane come to love it. Why I don't know! I, learned to hate it. Of course, we lived next to the corrals where the horses could look into our trailer. In the evenings, the wind would come up and sand and dust would cover everything. The days were hot, and evenings cold. I have to admit, the mornings were absolutely beautiful. And, on this trip, Diane and I both remembered and talked about the the mornings in the desert. I can honestly say, if you walked to the end of the road on the street we lived, it was very, very similar to what you see in the image above. No kidding. I can remember my sister, putting a bridle on her horse, and hoping on its back to go to the store. Through areas much like this. In the mornings, we could see the wild mustangs grazing in the front yard. My sister, Shelis, still lives in the area and still sees the horses on occasion. It has built up so much since 1980, when we finally returned to Sacramento, we lived in Sacramento in 1976 and 1977, but we couldn't make a go of it at that time. Anyways, it has grown in population since that time that horse aren't seen as much. And, they have been captured and sold to the public. There are however, still a few of them left. We've seen them on occation when we visit the area. Mom and Dads house is no longer there. It was torn down and a track of homes build in the area. I guess you could say there were some great memories.
The spring brings many beautiful flowers and wildlife
Diane insisted on going this time and we headed for Joshua Tree. The drive is long, through a lot of very desolate areas, but we finally made it and loved every minute of it. We were surprised that the articles and radio announcements were true. The Joshua Tree blooms were magnificent. When I visited in 2009, there were a few, but nothing like this.
The most brilliant cactus we saw however, was the Mojave Mound Cactus.
There were plenty of wildlife as well. Most of you have probably see them in my Facebook posts, but I wanted to show a few here. This little sparrow, the Black-throated Sparrow, is one of my favorites.
And then there was the Nelson's Antelope Squirrel.
He was so small, I was surprised we even saw it. It wasn't any bigger than a tiny, and I mean tiny chipmunk. It was about as big as my fist. Well, as you can see, the trip was a wonderful time for us. We both look forward to more adventures and photography moments. Until then, I hope you enjoyed these moments with us. It's nice to share them with you. OH! We didn't see the Long Horned Sheep again. Maybe next time.
Diane didn't proof read this post, so there is probably a lot of grammar mistakes, which will be mentioned to me, I'm sure. So, I hope it wasn't to bad for you to read.