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    Hey! You’ll just be a ways north of me. Make sure you have lots of fun. Enjoy the Joshua Trees- most of them are in bloom here in the high desert where I live.
    -Joel from Southern California


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    I wouldn't last an hour in a desert, I could probably get sun burn in the winter if I tried. X(
    lol I don't think you've seen a picture of me. I gotta use sunscreen. A lot of it. I normally go in the winter and don't get burned when I use sunscreen. What this closer-to-spring trip will hold, NO ONE KNOWS! lol


    bugs bugs bugs bugs!
    Especially ANTS!
    You know it. I'll do my best to get some shots. I've only got my handy little digi-cam, but I'll do my best, sir.

    Have fun Est, I just got back from camping in Palo Duro Canyon. So hot and steep...
    I know the lower you go, the hotter it gets, so it must've been hot hot hot!

    Enjoy the Joshua Trees- most of them are in bloom here in the high desert here where I live.
    Awesome, I've got a good guidebook to wildflowers and other life in the Mojave so I plan to take some pics, see some nice things, and learn a lot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by phissionkorps View Post
    its supposed to be spelled with a J.
    Oh ok, my cousin is a dummy then and she LIVES there!

    Have fun Est!
    Great Googly Moogly!

    Beware of the yellow snow!

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    Sunscreen is my mortal enemy because it smells bad, it's oily and if I don't use it I might get cancer. :/

    Oh and half the time it doesn't work. xD
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    Smelly, dirty, tired, bloody and bruised, I return to you TF.

    Freakin' amazing trip. I've gotten a chance to look over some of the pictures I took and it looks like some of them turned out well.

    I've got some ants, several types of beetles including Darkling and Spider, several spiders (one looks like a small tarantula,) some flying insects, lots of cactus pictures, and a bunch more. I'll be resizing them and getting them online. I just don't want to saturate my upload for a prolonged time so I'll see what I can do...

    In any case, I'm alive. Pictures soon. Sleep now.

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    Welcome back,
    EST Sounds like you had a wonderful time.
    Sleep well!
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    Every seed that sprouts, doesn't make it to maturity.
    Every cutting that you stick doesn't grow roots.
    Every cutting that roots doesn't grow to a small plant.
    Every small plant doesn't reach maturity.


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    Ok, I'm here to kick it off with a few pictures. There's still plenty more, and many of these have been cut off and all have had dramatic resolution reduction to make then more web-friendly. If someone's interested in the full version, hi res version, or more of any of these, be sure to let me know. I'll post more as I get time. I hope you enjoy!

    First off is one of our gas stops. We made plenty of them along our ~500 mile journey, but this one holds a special place in my heart- and no it's not because they sell cheap beer. With a name like that, it's a good thing that they're the only gas station around.




    A Darkling Beetle





    What looks to be a tarantula. As you can see from the few pieces of gravel I didn't cut out, it was pretty tiny and blended in VERY well.




    A Spider Beetle. These guys looks very strange when in action. They're fairly small so they really do look like some sort of spider at first glance. Once they slow down or you get close enough, the number of legs is a dead giveaway, though.




    Clever colouration.




    Some ants, as requested.






    And a different instance.



    More in a coming post...
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    A Desert Iguana. You can see where his tail had fallen off and regrown. Lots more pictures of this guy in particular.




    Beavertail Cactus buds. I've got some shots of the open flower that I'll post later. :-)






    Some Mojave Yucca (though a Banana Yucca may've slipped in- lol!)



    Believe it or not, there was one yucca that was absolutely covered with Lady Bugs. I thought it was sort of funny to see them in the middle of the desert.



    And of course with so many prickly and scratchy plants around, this (and much worse) happened pretty often. lol!




    Those're all the pictures for now, but there's still plenty more that I hope to post soon. :-)
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