December 14 to 19, 2004 - On to Twentynine Palms

On December 14th we left Death Valley and drove 105 miles to Pahrump, NV and stayed at Charleston Peak Resort.  Dave and Barb took a different route and got there about an hour before we did and we parked next to each other.  You can barely see their motorhome in this campsite picture.

We didn't do much with Dave and Barb this time, we were doing our own thing mostly.  This was our first time in Pahrump and we were not much impressed and glad we were only staying two nights.  We don't gamble and the one buffet we tried was not very good, so we didn't find it a good stop.

On December 16th we left Dave and Barb to finish out their week in Pahrump and headed back to Ridgeview in Bullhead City, where we stayed a couple weeks earlier.  It was a 155 mile day and we got a tight campsite.  A previous camper had hit the power post, but we were told there was no real damage even though it doesn't look good:

We did have a view of Laughlin at this campsite, along with the dumpster:

Laughlin view at night:

A campground neighbor decorated for Christmas:

We again only stayed two nights, this was just a stop on the way to Diane's sister's house for the holidays. 

On the 18th we drove 187 miles to 29 Palms Golf and RV Resort in Twentynine Palms, CA.  Even though the area was dead flat our campsite was not level and we had to block the front wheels:

We were only staying two nights so we only had one full day to explore Joshua Tree National Park, a place we had been before.  We started at the oasis in Twentynine Palms itself though it was not looking too good:

There was some water:

We headed on into the park and explored the northern section.  This is Skull Rock:

A robot guarding someone's campsite:

This plant looked quite interesting:

Example vista:

Odd rock:

A lizard:

Ah to be young and needing to climb everything:

The viewpoint looking southeast with the Salton Sea in the distance:

Looking southwest at the Coachella Valley with Indio and Palm Springs:

We did see some Joshua Trees:

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