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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Hidden Valley Nature Trail in Joshua Tree National Park

We parked at the
Hidden Valley trail head.

There are oversize parking
spots for RVs.

A narrow gap in the rocks leads to a valley where cattle rustlers hid their booty in
the late 1800s.

Just months before Joshua Tree
National Monument opened
opening into Hidden Valley.

Eric points to a large gap
in the rocks.

Oh no!

An ogre is trying to
eat Eric!

This rock ringed valley allowed
moisture to collect here,
creating a unique micro climate.

The Pinyon Pine provides 
seeds for the park's 
birds & chipmunks.

Ginny & the rock piles.

sits in a nearby bush.

Eric reclines in a "rock recliner."

Retirement is hard work!

He sees praying hands
among the rocks.

The left hand is wearing
a mitten.

I see a figure sitting with
its head to it's chest
among the rocks.

The Hidden Valley Nature Trail is a one mile loop.  It was a beautiful hike. 

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