Sonoran Desert National Monument 
We stayed in the Sonoran Desert for a couple nights. There wasn't much set up for it, but there was a road that went to a toilet, so we stayed there and went for some walks to check out the area. It was a neat area, but the first morning we were there a bunch of ATV's that went zooming down the road. For the most part, they just went past and kept on going. There was one group the, for some reason, decided to zip around by our RV, kicking dust up. Nice.

That small white speck is our RV. There were train tracks not terribly far away that was frequently used. It was mostly background noise, but we kept thinking a vehicle was coming down the dirt road. :)

A view near the top of a small mountain we went up.

A crazy, big cactus.

Cactus skeleton

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Joshua Tree National Park - Lots of Pictures 
The northern part, or Mojave Desert, of Joshua Tree National Park was really neat! There were huge rock formations everywhere. We stayed at the Jumbo Rocks campground the only night we were there, so I guess that would explain the rocks.. :) Apparently it's a popular place to climb and we were tempted, but the rocks are very rough. We would need palm gloves to keep our hands from getting too chewed up.
On our first evening, we went for a walk and saw a bobcat! I've never seen a bobcat in the wild before! It acted like a big kitty. We even watched it stalking something. Tail doing the twitchy thing and everything. It was neat.
The next day we walked all over jumping over rocks and such. The rocks were so sticky you could walk up just about anything.
After our walk, we started driving south, towards I-10. We saw the Cholla (pronounced coy-ya) Cactus gardens. Very neat looking. That area was the transition into the drier, hotter Colorado Desert. Not as much neat stuff there, we ended up heading out of the park and stayed in Quartzite, AZ last night. Seems to be a trucker town... but the RV park is cheap.

Joe walking down a boulder

The bobcat!

There was an area where there were tons of rocks laid out in all sorts of shapes. Here was a unicorn we thought was well done, and appropriate for our game. :)

A neat formation in the side of a rock.

A natural arch

Some of the landscape. That rock looks like a pig nose...

A Cholla Cactus. You can see bunches more behind it.

The spines of the Cholla Cactus. The have very tiny barbs on the very end that make them difficult to get out. Ouch!

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Joshua Tree Campground 
Well, we stayed at the Joshua Tree Campground for about 5 days and basically just worked. Pretty boring really. I guess the only reason I'm doing a separate entry for it is for the picture. :) So, here was our camping spot. barely anyone there except on the weekend. Then there were some tent campers around us.

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Joshua Tree 
Well, we're finally out of LA. Yesterday we drove out of town and headed towards Joshua Tree National Park. So, we're currently in the desert staying at a cheap RV park north of the national park. There are barely any people here, so it's a lot nicer. The days are crazy though. We're near the edge of the time zone and because of the recent time change, it gets light really early and dark really early. It was super sunny by 6am and it's 4:30 now and the sun will probably be gone within half an hour. It's really messing with both of us. I feel like it's 7pm already. :p

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Universal Studios 
So, Joe and I are nuts, and even after Mom and Laura left, we stayed in LA for a couple more days. We rode the metro for a couple hours and went to Universal Studios. It was fun. The theme park, not the metro. The first thing we went into was a haunted house, which was well put together. It had real people jump out at you (which is always annoying) but it was really funny because some women that were in front of us were super jumpy. Made it really funny.
We went on the studio tour which was neat. Getting to see the streets and back lots where they have western streets, European streets, suburbia, etc. Sounds like one of the streets we went by was just used in an episode of Heroes that week. They were in Ireland or something. Don't watch the show, so I don't really know.. . :)
We found a vegan restaurant that had been recommended to us that was down Hollywood Blvd. That had some very good food. We then took the metro back and got off where we thought was the closest to where the RV was. We ended up getting turned around and finally asked someone stopped at a stop light which direction the ocean was. After they confirmed it, we headed to the next bus stop and waited there (they had said it was miles away). Not long later, the same car pulled up and they offered us a ride. So, that was awfully nice of them. We got a ride back to the park. In all it was a fun day.

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