Joshua Tree National Park is only a couple of hours from Southern California. I cruised there early on a Friday to beat the traffic and found the park virtually uninhabited. I wanted to find solitude and quite and to be with nature. I travelled the entire length of the park and now know where I will camp when I return.
All of the rocks in Joshua Tree National Park were once a solid block of granite – monzagranite. It was formed from magna crystalline more than 85 million hears ago and some 15 miles underground. Earthquakes stressed and cracked the monzagranite and moved the rock closer to the surface. Ground water speed into the cracks, rounding and shaping the blocks. Once the blocks reached the surface, weathering and erosion continued the sculpting, transforming them into the features seen today.
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