I spent Thursday night in 29 Palms, then on Friday morning I met up with my friend Mitch at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, in Morongo Valley, for a hike and some photos. Before leaving 29 Palms I got some shots of the murals, which are the other thing that the town is known for (the first being the Marine Corps base). Many of the buildings are painted with elaborate murals depicting the history and nature of the area.
Heading west from 29 Palms on Hwy 62 I had a great view of the snow covered San Bernardino Mountains. (And, just in case anyone was wondering, I was actually on the phone with Jodi and Bruce, working, when I shot this picture. So, I wasn't totally goofing off on Friday.)
Parked next to Mitch's Xterra at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Note the matching yellow skid plates.
Part of the Preserve has an accessible walkway, other parts are hiking and horse trails.
Much of the Preserve was burned in a fire in June of 2005, but the trails have all been restored, and the vegetation is coming back (slowly).
From Morongo Valley we headed for Indio via Dillon Road. We wandered for a bit around Sky Valley, and drove by the sites of the 2 cabins that my father had out there when I was young. We spent many summers in those little cabins. It was hot. After lunch with Mitch I took Hwy 74, the Palms to Pines Highway, up over the mountains and eventually to Hwy 79, then followed that to Santa Ysabel. If you look closely you can see the roadway winding its way up from Palm Desert below.
I made one last stop at the Julian Pie Company's main bakery in Santa Ysabel, then took the old Julian Hwy (the predecessor to, and a lot more windy and narrow than, Hwy 78) towards Ramona and home at 6:00PM.
Click here to see more pictures from the road.
(Note that the link in this post and the 2 previous ones from the road all take you to the same SmugMug gallery, which has images from Sunday 1/31, Thursday 2/4 and Friday 2/5. The pictures are in the gallery in the order taken.)
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