Robert Hull in and around Joshua Tree national park
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The tree and the tortoise
On a trip to swish Palm Springs, I also wanted to sample the sights and spirit of the High Desert, so drove 50 minutes to the town, and national park, of Joshua Tree. The trees are really plants, while the tortoise artwork is a nod to one of the park’s many reptile species.
Rugged at the ranch
The park’s boundary includes the Mojave and Colorado deserts and it has many epic views but for tales of dogged perseverance tour Keys Ranch ($10) and find out how hardy William Keys and his family carved out a life in this harshest of climates from 1910 to 1969.
There’s no place like dome
In Landers, sits the 38ft dome of the Integratron. Built in 1959 by the UFOologist George Van Tassel (from plans given to him by aliens!) to facilitate time travel, it’s now used for meditation.
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