Marty, Heidy, Dorothy and I went driving and hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. The Joshua tree can only grow at certain altitudes in the high desert. It is one of the most unusual trees I have ever seen; it’s a bit like cactus, a bit like a tree, altogether unusual. When we entered the National Park office to get our pass, one of the park wardens told us about the different environments present in the park. The park extends from the high desert to the Coachella Valley, about 600m or 2000 ft of altitude. During the drive we did see these different environments. First was the Joshua tree and then as we drove down to the valley the Joshua stopped and gave way to cholla cactus. There are so many cholla that the area is called the Cholla Garden. Then finally as we made it back to the valley floor the desert scrub came into view.
An interesting drive where in several hours you can experience several different ecosystems.