After less than 24 hours in Vegas, which apparently hasn’t looked in a mirror or smelled itself lately, we were all too excited to beat feet out of there and take the scenic route through Death Valley to visit family in Bishop, CA. Old Charley once again proved his worthiness by doing a champion job of climbing to over 5,000 feet, dropping below sea level, and climbing another high pass or two to arrive at the doorstep (Lone Pine, CA) of the highest point in the contiguous US, Mt. Whitney, before continuing north to Bishop.
Our time in Bishop was short, but we made the most of it by catching up on the latest, resetting for our next camping adventure, and going off on an excursion to some of the areas favored by local climbers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Continuing to put the last vestiges of my benefits to good use, we busted out the trusty National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands pass yet again at the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park and arrived at our campsite just in time to catch the requisite Sunsets and Silhouettes show.
Lance picked out a nice 7.2 mile hike to the Lost Palms Canyon Oasis and we (okay, I) spotted seven little lizards, the Salton Sea, and all manner of interesting desert plant life along our trek.
This morning, on our way out of the park, we thought we’d catch the Joshua trees in the daylight and pay a quick visit to the Cholla Garden while we were in the neighborhood.