It rained last night, all night and most of the morning. I had a jeep road drive planned for today, into one of the nearby canyons so we waited until after lunch to try it. We thought if the road began to get too muddy or flooded we'd just turn around and call it a day.
We took the roller coaster Dillon Road to Berdoo Canyon Road and proceeded off into the desert. At the road's intersection we should have paid attention to the sign.......It told us, quite succinctly, what would be ahead.
And, if we didn't get the first sign, the second one should have made it much clearer......
We renamed this end of Berdoo Canyon, The Canyon of Assorted Colors.
|red and baby blue|
|gold and white|
|and day glo orange|
|shotgun shells, high powered riffle shells, 9mm Luger shells and 22 caliber shell casings -|
somebody had a loud party!
We passed a few cars/trucks parked along a paved section of the road. Their occupants were shooting at assorted targets, bottles, chairs, etc. with rifles and pistols We continued on for a few miles, following a rough partial road. Sometimes the road simply "went away" so we dropped down into a damp, sandy wash to continue.
|this section gave new meaning to the term "road narrows".....|
I understood that this trail would intersect with the Geology Tour Road in Joshua Tree National Park about 20 miles ahead. Twenty long miles ahead.
It was fairly late in the day, clouds gathering to the west so we decided to call it a day. Besides, we had to pass those two guys and their big pistols again on the way out.......
|line of clouds hugging the distant San Jacinto Mountains|
Nope....probably won't try that way into Joshua Tree National Park again.....