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Joshua Tree National Park Van Tour
"Take a trip to the unique and pristine desert wonderland of this local national park. In the comfort of a 15-passenger van or enclosed SUV guests will see firsthand the contrast between the Colorado and Mojave Deserts while enjoying a running narration f unique vegetation mining history and wild west stories make this tour a must-see for the Palm Springs visitor. The tour includes stops at the Park Visitor Center for souvenirs Hidden Valley and Keys View for optional nature walks. Tour price includes water snacks entry fee to the park and pickup and drop-off from Palm Desert or select local resorts."""
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Wildlands Preserve Nature Tour
"This tour starts with an 8am or 1pm departure time from Palm Desert. Along the way you will visit the Coachella Valley Preserve the Morongo Preserve and the Whitewater Preserve. Because of the concentration of water each locale offers a unique contrast to surrounding desert environs. Lush plant life wildlife water and fascinating geology are all part of this tour.Your expert guide will talk about the windmills the San Andreas Fault Indian Culture and whatever else strikes your interest. Wear comfy walking shoes as short
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Earthquake Canyon Express Downhill Bike Adventure
"The Earthquake Canyon Express – Riders are treated to a geologic extravaganza on this 20 mile tour that descends through the heart of the San Andreas Fault zone on a paved road to the heart of grape country near Mecca. There are no cross roads no turns and very little traffic which makes this a relaxing sightseeing adventure. Riders will see the stark beauty of the desert as they descend a total of 1200 feet over the route.The course takes riders from the transition zone between the Colorado an winds its way through the narrow canyon walls of Box Canyon and finishes with spectacular views of the Salton Sea Mt. San Jacinto the All-American Canal and the agriculture of the eastern Coachella Valley. The tour finishes with a visit to the Oasis Date Gardens for a date shake and restroom break."
From $105.00

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Mohave Yucca

Favorite thing Mohave Yucca (Yucca schidigera) is also called Adam's Needle, Bear Grass, Dagger Plant, Our-Lord's-Candle, Soapweed, Spanish Bayonet and sometimes mistaken with Joshua Tree,
It grows naturally only in Mojave and Sonoran deserts of southeastern California, Baja California, southern Nevada and western Arizona.

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May 15, 2005

Desert dandelion and Sacred Datura

Favorite thing The flowering heads of the desert dandelion are large and showy, pale to bright yellow

The large white flower is Sacred Datura, Datura wrightii (Solanaceae family), the only one I saw in bloom. Its enormous white trumpet flowers have a sweet smell. It blooms at night starting early evening and fading before next noon. It is pollinated by nocturnal visitors, usually sphinx or hawk moths It is found in western Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, southern California, Mexico, and the West Indies and grows within an elevation range between sea level and 6,500 feet. The name Datura, its generic name, is from the Hindu Dhatura (dhat = the eternal essence [of God])..

The tea from Datura is extremely hallucinogenic. The hallucinogenic effects are reported to be stronger than Peyote, Psyillicibin, or LSD. However, Datura is also very toxic and can be deadly. It is apparently Scopolamine that produces the hallucinogenic effects, but the Sacred Datura contains also high concentrations of highly toxic Atropine, Hyoscyamine.

When Datura is used in a Native American ritual, it is always under the guidance of an individual of certain tribal spiritual resolve such as a Medicine person or tribal elder. These experts on the use of the plant know what other plants to add in order to neutralize the harmful effects. They also know how much to administer and when and where to pick the plants, such as age, season, time of year, whether under a full moon or no moon at all. Chemical constituents and levels vary greatly from plant to plant, time of year, and from one area to another just generally, but especially so if the plants are obtained through ritual or from a spot known for having special powers, or sacred grounds. The plants are very toxic, poisonous and lethal, especially if consumed in quantities not monitored by someone versed in their safe administration.

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May 15, 2005

Mohave Yucca, close-up on the fibers

Favorite thing The leaves of the Mohave Yucca are highly fibrous. Native Indians made cordage (yarn) from yucca and agave, the Indians cut the leaves with a thin, saw-like stone blade. Then, using a heavy rock scraper, they stripped the flesh from the leaves, baring the fiber. Masses of fiber were twisted on a spindle whorl or rolled between hand and thigh to create long strings. Cordage was woven into fabric on looms or braided by hand and sewn.

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May 15, 2005

A Teddy Bear cactus

Favorite thing Teddy Bear cactus (Opuntia Bigelovii, now named (Cylindropuntia Bigelovii) is also called Jumping Cholla. You will very fast understand why the name of Jumping Cholla . As soon as you look at it, there is one that catches you ! No wonder that it is not a popular indoor plant ! Actually, the Jumping Cholla does not jump but it has so many long and soft (soft and prickling all together !) spines that though you feel you are enough away, YOU catch it. If you take care, you will be able to admire it's beautiful yellow flowers.

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May 17, 2005
 
 
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Desert dandelion

Favorite thing While driving on the main road, you might notice that the banks of the highway are sometimes covered by thousands of yellow flowers. They are Desert dandelion or Malacothrix glabrata. Desert dandelion is a few-branched, glabrous annual growing to about 16" tall.

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May 15, 2005

Mohave Yucca in full bloom

Favorite thing Although no well-controlled human studies have been conducted to verify them, a few animal studies and case reports suggest a limited role for oral yucca in treating both cardiovascular and high cholesterol levels. Yucca contains resveratrol, a proven antioxidant. In addition, it contains a high percentage of saponins that might prevent cholesterol absorption and promote its elimination.

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May 15, 2005

Buckhorn Cholla

Favorite thing Buckhorn Cholla, Opuntia acanthocarpa is now named Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa This light green cholla, also called silver cholla, is widespread in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah. It grows naturally in dry, rocky desert slopes at elevations between 500 and 4,000 feet. The spine sheaths are inconspicuous and light colored. It can grow to a height of 3-10 feet.

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May 15, 2005

Desert mallow

Favorite thing The Desert Mallow, Sphaeralcea ambigua is a two foot perennial with many one inch orange flowers on a two to three foot spike with gray almost fuzzy foliage. Desert Hollyhock is another name for the flower spikes that can occur most of the year in Joshua Tree. Desert Mallow needs sun and good air flow. It grows throughout the deserts from Baja Calif. to Utah.

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"Joshua Tree NP, a plants Heaven"
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"Funny Trees and More"
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"Deep Into the Heart of Lightness"
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Mohave Yucca, the leaves

Favorite thing Mohave Yucca is an evergreen shrub or small tree which has a few upright branches and bayonet-like leaves (hence its names of Dagger Plant or of Spanish Bayonet) from 2 to 4 feet long and 1-1/2 inches wide. The leaves have markedly filamentous edges

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May 15, 2005

Silver torch cactus, the flowers

Favorite thing The purplish-red, tubular flowers of the Silver torch cactus are borne along the length of the body in the spring. The Silver torch cactus is one of the cactus that are popular and often grown for its flowers. There are several cultivation varieties.

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May 15, 2005

Desert dandelion

Favorite thing Desert dandelion grows in coarse desert soils, dry sandy plains, washes and among shrubs in creosote bush scrub, Joshua tree woodland and shadscale scrub to 6000', and occasionally in some of the inner cismontane valleys from San Diego County to Santa Barbara County. It blooms from March to June and when rainfall has been sufficient sometimes covers the desert with yellow.

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May 15, 2005

Evening primrose

Favorite thing The Evening primrose or Fragrant Evening Primrose, Oenothera caespitosa produces blooms for a few weeks. The fragrant white flowers, 3 inches in diameter (7.5 cm), open in the evening and last only until the following morning, from mid spring to late summer.

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May 16, 2005

Things to Do Near Joshua Tree National Park

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Ryan Mountain

The Ryan Mountain trail is a 3 miles roundtrip leading to probably the best views in the park. The trail begins at Ryan Mountain parking area and climbs steadily. With a 1000-foot elevation gain over...
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Barker Dam

Barker Dam itself was a bit of a letdown and was not nearly as interesting as the trail leading to it. Barker Dam began as a catch basin to store water for the ranchers in the area. It was made into a...
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Skull Rock

This rock vaguely resembles a human skull. it's right off the main road in the jumbo rocks area. it was created from wind and rain erosion. There is a short 1.7 mile trail that originates from here,...
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Living Desert Zoo

Having seen wildlife happy and active in their native habitats many times, I'm less interested in visiting zoos these days. Moreover, I lived in San Diego for eight years and visited the world's...
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Living Desert Botanical Gardens

Much of the effort of The Living Desert is to impress upon visitors the value of desert habitat. Along the walk that visits the zoo, there are a number of garden spots with desert botanicals, some of...
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