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Unread 28 Dec 17, 04:29 AM  
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SoCal Christmas 2017: Day 5 Joshua Tree to San Diego


Not a cloud in the sky this morning!

We were all awake by 6.30am and down to breakfast by 7.15. It seemed busier today! The usual mixtures of bagels, yoghurts and coffee were had.

We managed to get a slightly later check out of 1pm. This just gave us a bit more flexibility. We were all packed but preferred to leave our stuff in the hotel than the car.



We were out by 8am and parked up at Skull's Rock by 8.20am! The park was still quiet!



This was meant to be a loop walk but we somehow lost the loop (and were nit the only ones! )



So we made our own circuit. Up and down rocks and through crevasses! Again the scenery was stunning!



It really is a special place!



We got back to the car and headed off to Ryan's Ranch Trail. This was a lot more exposed than the other walks - basically a half mile walk to an old derelict ranch.



Some lovely Joshua trees though!



We could see why there would be a ranch here - good visibility and the ground seemed damper. Today it was hot - 21C by 10am. Unfortunately it gave me a headache (even though I had a hat on)!

Everyone else enjoyed exploring the area - we saw a few rabbits and birds.



We walked back to the car and decided to head back to the hotel. The only other walk we wanted to do was one of 2 hours do as it was getting close to 11am we didn't have the time.

We stopped at the NP shop to pick up magnets - there was a long queue of cars waiting to get in! We had been lucky to go early - a lot less people!

We went back to the hotel and had a bit of a rest before checking out.

We had really loved our stay here! Such an amazing place!



We hit the road. We decided to try to do about an hour before finding lunch.

In Banning we turned off and ended up at an IHOP. Three of us had breakfasts (with hash browns replacing the meat). O gad french toast...



While F had chocolate chip pancakes. I had the nut ones and J had an omelette. We all drank water. The bill was $61 including tip.

The drive to San Diego was fairly straightforward. However at times there are 8 lanes do poor J had to have his wits about him. Thankfully we got to the apartment in Mission Beach without incident but J was tired!



The apartment is as it looks on the airbnb site! J can't get the TV to work so I have sent a message to the owner! As you can see it is the biggest TV known to man

We walked to the nearest supermarket to get some food. J and I got a salad each and the kids got salmon burgers. We also got things in for breakfast.

There was talk of a wander down to the beach but again we are all tired! Not long before we are all in bed I think!


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More fab scenery Mel. Breakfast looks tasty and the apartment looks amazing. I'm going to check out AirBnB for Toronto next year.
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Some great walks and scenery at JT Park looks like you all enjoyed it

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A great day. Really enjoyed San Diego and looking forward to seeing where you went.
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I am glad you got lost on that loop - because so did I - and I don't feel so bad now!
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More fabulous photos. The apartment looks great. Looking forward to San Diego-it's another one on my list!
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More lovely photos. That blue sky looks amazing could do with some of that now instead of the grey sky we have had for the last few days.
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