Twentynine Palms, CA

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Twentynine Palms is a town of about 25,000 people located in the Mojave Desert on the north side of the Joshua Tree National Park.  It was named for the palm trees found there in 1852 by Col. Henry Washington while surveying the area.

Joshua Tree National Park is the only national park that encompasses two distinct ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado.  It was declared a national park in 1994 when the US Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act.  The elevation in the park ranges from 1,900 feet above sea level to over 5,500 feet.

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Tucson, AZ

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It was almost exactly two years ago when we visited Saguaro National Park near Tucson.  That was on our westward bound portion of a car road trip that took us from coast to coast starting in October 2013.  This time we parked our motorhome at the Western Way RV Resort which is located a little southwest of Tucson, a short drive from the Tucson Mountain District visitor’s center in the western portion of the park.  We wanted to come back to see the Saguaros that are such beautiful and stately plants.  Some of the native people believe that the Saguaro embodies the spirit of their ancestors, standing tall and strong as an example to be followed.

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