A bunch of flowers for my wife, since I'll be on the road and cross the country on Mother's Day. She will join me on May 13,2009 in Louisville,KY.
Day One, April 2009
Morning traffic east bound on I-60.
Passing through the badlands area.
The I-10 had lite traffic.
It seems that there are more wind generators being added everytime I pass through this area.
These are some of the older units.
I-10 east to Hightway 62, heading to 29 Palms.
On hwy62 just before the climb to Morongo Valley and a stop for breakfast at Morongo Cafe.
Near the summit og Hwy 62.
I've stopped here many times for a meal, good food and conversion.
This is the place to see some of the local people.
I can't remember when this waitress hasn't been here, service has always been good here.
Pictures and photos hang on the wall, some of people long gone,some of the local sights.
After a great breakfast, it was time to hit the road.
On to Amboy Crater
Passing throught 29 Plams heading to Amboy Rd.
Farther down Amboy Rd a road crew was replacing a section of bad road.
Not many desert flowers this year due to very little rain out here.
A small convoy of HUMMV,s approaching, they were heading back to 29 Plams.
Amboy Crater can be see in the distance as I pased by the salt works area.
Arriving at Amboy Crater.
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For a short while I was the only one here, a couple of people showed and made a beeline to the trailhead.
The trailhead starts here,these picnic tables and shade area were built a couple of years back.
Creosotebush with many exposed seed pods.
There were some flowers in bloom such as this Desert Gold.
Desert Gold/Desert-Marigold-(Baileya multiradiata),
flowers were very small in numbers this year.
A lizard close to the trail, standing it ground.
A closer look.
These sign are post along the entire trail, identifying different critter that could be seen out here.
Wooly Daisy (Eriophylum wallacei)
In the scheme of time not too much has change
On the trail to Amboy Crater.
Amboy trail leads around to the westside of this crater.
Up a slight hill and around the corner
Another information sign along the trail. Even this time of the year it was getting on the warm side, good thing I brought plently of water.
I didn't know that there were K-Rats out here. Some of the signage has distance measurments on them.
Just a little farther and around the corner.
About a 1/2 mile from this sign I spotted a Chuckwalla.
A Chuckwalla Lizard near the trail not far from the last rest bench by Amboy Crater.
Looking back towards the parking area, along the trail are also a couple of rest benches.
Vegetation chages a bit on the crater outer wall.
Heading around to the lee side of the crater the ground temperture was rising, it was feeling like being in a oven.
From this point the trail changes shapely upwards for a short distance.
Dersert Holly was to be found a short distance down the trail.
Desert Holly shurbs showed up on the lee side and near the trail.
A closer look at Desert Holly.
Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family) source http://www.blackturtle.us/DV_PLANTS/SALT/index.html