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Training Log Archive: JanetT

In the 1 days ending Jan 17, 2008:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Walking1 1:00:0060.0
  Total1 1:00:0060.0

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Thursday Jan 17, 2008 #

Walking 1:00:00 [1]

Time estimated; includes short hikes near Barker Dam (Yes! water in the desert!) and Hidden Valley at Joshua Tree National Park. JTNP is fascinating scenery; high elevation desert contributes to this unique life form (JT is a kind of yucca that grows into a tree shape. We didn't see any in bloom (that occurs in March and April) but saw some spent seed pods from previous years' blooms. The trees are widely spaced in flat plain-type areas and interspersed with other growing things (some cactus; some creosote bushes; little grass) and boulders.

Some granite areas remind me a lot of Vedauwoo in Wyoming and we saw a number of rock-climbers.

The overlook at Keys View (at about 5000' elevation) was just abover freezing and the wind so strong that we had to lean into it, so we didn't stay there long, but you can see where the San Andreas fault goes through the Coachella Valley which contains Palm Springs south of the viewpoint, and the Salton Sea to the southeast. A couple of 10,000'+ mountain peaks around the valley had some snow on them.

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