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Month: January 2018

Bridge to Nowhere

Bridge to Nowhere

Just north of Azusa, CA, tucked up into the San Gabriel mountains, is what’s left of an abandoned bridge project from the 1930’s. The “Bridge to Nowhere” is the site for Bungee America where you may take a five-mile guided hike into the canyon to plunge off the bridge. Taking full advantage of the opportunity, we opted for several jumps during the day and also at night, plunging 80 feet into darkness. This was the experience of a lifetime. http://www.bungeeamerica.com/

Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage

Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage

I do not wish to be an artist, I only wish that art enables me to be. – Noah Purifoy 1963

Noah Purifoy was a High School Industrial Arts teacher, a Social Worker, a naval Seabee, and an artist.

He was the founder and director of the Watts Tower Art Center in the 1960’s. His work has been featured at the LACMA, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Getty and many other museums world wide and his legacy continues to live on in the desert.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage and learning more about this fascinating man.

If you are near Joshua Tree I highly recommend a stop!

  • Open 365 days a year from sun up to sun down.
  • Cost- free, but for a small donation you can take a self-guided tour
  • For more info check out the website: http://www.noahpurifoy.com/
Jr Ranger Night Explorers

Jr Ranger Night Explorers

As a homeschooling family, we have really come to love the Junior Ranger Program run by the National Park Service. This trip the girls earned their Night Explorer patches. It was interesting to learn that Joshua Tree was recently designated as a Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association. The girls learned about astronomy, the effects of light pollution, and we even tried our hand in some astrophotography.

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nightskies/juniorrangernight.htm

http://www.darksky.org/idsp/parks/joshuatree

New Years in Joshua Tree

New Years in Joshua Tree

This trip was just what we needed after a very busy month. Four days and threes nights. No schedules, no distractions, just us. We rock climbed, took afternoon naps (ok, maybe that was just me 😉 ) practiced our photography skills, read, did a little plein air, played board games and drank sparkling cider on New Year’s Eve. I think we just might make this a yearly tradition.

Details- Indian Cove campsite # 59

Pros- lots of shade. would be a great spot to stay in during the warmer months.

Cons- kangaroo rats. we had two adorable, yet persistent visitors each night.