Friday, October 21, 2016

Joshua Tree National Park: Where Two Deserts Meet

There is a specific tree that grows in California. It is commonly called the Joshua tree. It is a rather unusual looking tree, with its leaves only covering the uppermost part of the tree; its branches looking eerily like limbs reaching out to the sky. Its leaves almost look like daggers. It is its very appearance that led biologists to name it after the Bible character, Joshua, who raised his hands up to the sky in prayer.

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Joshua trees thrive in desert-like conditions and are the main feature of the Joshua Tree National Park in California. Another amazing feature of the park is that it has two very distinct ecosystems, being located between the Mojave and Colorado deserts. This produces an astounding variety of wildlife. The park is incredibly family-friendly and is an ideal camping site for adventurous families.

Nine different campgrounds are usually occupied on weekend nights from October to May. Families also enjoy the park during holidays. Park rangers recommend going during the week for a better placement. Campsites are usually made on a first come, first served basis although the park accepts reservations during busier periods.

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Because of the hot and dry climate (which make the park visually stunning), it is imperative that campers bring plenty of water with them. Water is only available at very few locations around the edges of the park. Currently, there are only five.

It must also be noted that there are no hookups for any RVs in Joshua Tree. The park is truly meant to be experienced as is; families should prepare themselves for a spectacular view and intense heat.
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Nature’s Best: The Oldest National Parks In The United States

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Early American explorers and geologists made historical breakthroughs with their discoveries of wild places. These national parks are part of the unique American heritage. These parks have seen seasons and generations change, yet their beauties are timeless.

Yellowstone was the first park to ever be founded in the United States. It was established on 1 March 1872 in Wyoming. Sequoia and Yosemite were the next two national parks, which are both situated in California.

Mount Rainier in Washington was given the title of national park in 1899. It is known for being the most glaciated park in the United States. Crater Lake was established next, in 1902. The park features forests, and is considered a spiritual place for Native American Indians. In 1903, Wind Cave in South Dakota was awarded the name of national park. It features long caves with hundreds of miles of explored natural areas.
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Mesa Verde in Colorado was the next park to be established, which features ancestral cliff dwellings of the Pueblo Indians from the sixth to twelfth centuries.

Glacier, Rocky Mountain, and Haleakala were established as national parks in the following decade. These parks offered various cultural experiences and other outdoor activities.

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