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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Long story, but back at the beginning of our little road trip we were given “hot passes” to the Indianapolis 500. There are two types of access passes commonly doled out at the Indy. Cold passes let you onto the track and into the pits and just about anywhere else you want to go, but only until 11:30 (well before the race actually starts). Hot passes, on the other hand, let you go essentially wherever you want before, during and after the race.
That’s how we managed to get this shot in the pits. We love it because it demonstrates the level of organization it takes to keep those incredible cars driving around in circles all day.
Inside the Indy
Find out how we got hot passes in the first place and read about what it was like to do laps around the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the official pace car and witness Danica Patrick’s pre-race ritual.
You can also see shots from pre-race day as well as more shots from the race itself and see what it was like being in the official Indianapolis 500 parade (with Gene Simmons from Kiss!)
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In 1965 eight climbers died on the two peaks that make up the Maroon Bells in five separate accidents. Since then the Forest Service has referred to the Maroon Bells (both peaks are above 14,000 feet/4,267 meters high) as the Deadly Bells. Despite the macabre nickname, the Maroon Bells, near Aspen, are among the most photographed destinations in Colorado.
This shot was taken from Maroon Lake.
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