Photo of the Day: Desert Beauty, Joshua Tree National Park, California


Joshua Tree National Park in California celebrates its 18th birthday today! It, along with Death Valley, was inscribed as a national park on this day in 1994 as part of the California Desert Protection Act. Located in both the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert, this beautiful park is named after a rare type of yucca plant, as seen in our photo of the day, below. We have no idea who Joshua is…

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  1. The “Joshua” was the Biblical guy, so named by the Mormons who passed through. (Here’s a little background: http://www.wanderingnotlost.org/2011/03/california-deserts-joshua-tree/

    The other interesting historical tidbit is that it took a rich Southern belle to preserve the desert landscape from all the folks wanting to decorate their fancy adobe houses with cacti. Here’s the poop on that: http://www.wanderingnotlost.org/2011/04/minerva-hoyt-southern-belle-to-desert-lady/

    The southern california deserts are more varied and almost as interesting and beautiful as the Baja desert. Amazing places to spend time.
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