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This 800,000 acre other worldly park is something like a different planet. This special area combines the Mojave and Colorado deserts. Joshua Tree National Park was originally National Monument, then a "Biosphere Reserve", and now, finally, a National Park in 1994. The Mormons who crossed back in the mid 19th century coined the name Joshua Tree, since the trees looked like Joshua reaching up to the sky. Besides Joshua Trees, this place abounds with oaks, junipers, lizards, tarantulas, rattlesnakes, owls, vultures, coyotes, and bobcats. The temperatures can be extreme, being warmer during the days, and cold at night. 1.3 million people visit the park each year to see the abrupt transition in landscape from the low desert Sonoran side, to the high desert Mojave side. The landscape includes giant granite monoliths, massive rock piles, and spectacular scenic views throughout the journey. The adventurous climbers worship JT for the rocks. They beckon the climbers to temp fate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12fg5BLANTE Our numerous stops will include photo hot spots such as "Hidden Valley", Barker Dam, Cholla Cactus Garden and Skull Rock. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKdIeBsvOqQ The Inland Empire Free Riders will explore this beautiful landscape while the weather is hospitable. It's a short window of opportunity, until springtime where the temps increase. The starting point: We will meet at Georges Burgers located at 1320 E Washington St, Colton, CA 92324. Bring some extra water on this trip, just to be safe. This desert could be unforgiving to the unprepared. We will stop at the Morongo Casino gas station for a final fill up. There are no gas stations between there and the restaurant. It will be a 126 mile ride with no gas stations. The ending point: The Joshua Tree Saloon restaurant on the north side located at 61835 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252. This is a great little place, around 30 years old, with live entertainment on selected evenings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHDFnvRcNws The Route: We will enter Joshua Tree from the south entrance on Interstate 10, and travel north through the park until we arrive at the restaurant, on the north side. This is a 233 mile round trip, but we'll fit it into one day. What to bring: A camera to capture those great landscapes, sunglasses, water bottles, layers of clothing to adjust body temperature. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT9CHFauTgY This is a great couples ride. Everyone is invited, even if your going by car. If you like visiting other planets, you'll love this ride!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RDYVVmVR2U Yellowstone National Park is a nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot. Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho too. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. It's also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKoFN9brF_Y The grand loop in Yellowstone National Park is a great way to see a lot of landscape in a short of amount of time. This tour through Yellowstone is going to be a full day affair but the Grand Loop provides a great opportunity to see some of the best sights in Yellowstone. The Grand Loop through Yellowstone looks like two circles on top of each other. The Grand Loop would be to take the outside route around these two circles, avoiding the middle stretch from Canyon to Norris. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dldtGjOMlwI Highlights of this trip! Hayden Valley Old Faithful Upper Geyser Basin Midway Geyser Basin Firehole Canyon Drive Norris Geyser Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85JhGNtOBwU The Grand Tetons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLaovLlTllM It's time for us to meet one of Wyoming's most stunning destinations—Grand Teton National Park. Located south of Yellowstone National Park and north of the town of Jackson, Grand Teton's 310,000 acres includes lush valley floors, mountain meadows, alpine lakes and the rising peaks of the Teton Range. While iconic locations like Mormon Row and the Moulton Barns may be the most photographed destinations in the park, Grand Teton's celestial peaks also provide the perfect setting for nature lovers, outdoor adventurers and road trippers who are looking to explore the park's incredible landscapes. Accomodations and Itinerary: Day 1, Inland Empire to Provo Utah, 606 miles, stay at Super 8 Wyndham, located at 1555 North Canyon Road Provo, Utah 84604. Tel: (801)[masked] (Wells Fargo and Chevron adjacent to motel) Day 2 Provo Utah to Jackson Wyoming 288 miles, stay at Motel 6 located at 600 S Highway 89, Jackson, WY, 83001. Tel: (307)[masked]. (Giant K-Mart next door) Day 3, Jackson Wyoming through the Grand Tetons mountain range to Yellowstone. We will take the "Grand Loop" (141 miles) through Yellowstone and see almost everything that the park has to offer. Then we ride to Cowboy town Cody Wyoming. We will stay at the Big Bear Motel located at 139 W Yellowstone Ave, Cody, WY[masked]. Tel: (307)[masked] Day 4, From Cody, we will travel along route120 to 296 and 212 the Bear Tooth Highway. This area from Sugarloaf Mountain to the Montana state line is where there should be an abundance of scary wildlife. For those that don't get eaten, we will travel down into the park, and head toward Idaho Falls. We will stay at the "Sleep Inn & Suites" located at 3200 Outlet Blvd, Idaho Falls, ID[masked]. Tel: (208)[masked] Day 5, We will head to Craters of the Moon National Park, to see the vast ocean of lava flows. Then we head to Saint George Utah, 537 miles, stay at Saint George Inn and Suites located at 1221 S Main St, St. George, UT 84770. Tel: (435)[masked]. (Black Bear diner right next door) Day 6, return to home, and we'll be passing through Las Vegas. The distance is 346 Miles to Colton CA. Details: Chatterbox frequency channel 15, sub 10. Okay, this is a 6 day event beginning on Saturday. We should be entering Yellowstone on a Monday, so traffic will be very light. The one way trip miles is about 1100. I recommend a cheap dash cam ($20 on Ebay) to record parts of your ride through the parks. This will be an Epic event, fit for couples. Bring a loved one!
Alaska is a bucket list item for almost everyone. Let's get out there and immerse ourselves in the rugged splendor of the 49th state. The historic charm and frontier spirit are felt in the Inside Passage and in picturesque ports of call, such as Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau, Victoria (BC) and Glacier Bay. Experience the wonder of the worlds largest glaciers, and how small they can make us feel. Let's explore the towns, tundra, wildlife and lifestyle of this foreboding place where the sun rises at 5 am, and does not set until 11:00 pm. All of this wonder awaits while being pampered by an experienced and vast crew aboard the Norwegian Joy cruise ship. This is the ultimate vacation, and such is served best when all your friends are going. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hBk-gTe5hs The Ship: The Norwegian Bliss was christened in 2018, so she's one of the newest ships available. She's 1094' long with a 136' beam and 20 decks. There is a racetrack on this boat, along with dozens of different restaurants. Just some of her features include a golf course, waterpark, shopping centers, Broadway style shows and comedies, and accommodations for around 4900 guests. She's truly a floating city. The Norwegian Bliss is also propelled by Azipod electric drives located under her hull, driven by diesel electric power systems. She's smooth and quiet, and capable of tight turns, and 360° loops on a Hot Wheels track. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCKjd_Qlz0Y Details: Ship: Norwegian Bliss Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line Sail Date: Saturday, Jul 14, 2019 from Seattle, United States Return Date: Saturday, Jul 21, 2019 to Seattle, United States Itinerary: Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Victoria Canada, Seattle Cruise Port: 2225 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121. NCL Pier 66 Additional pointers: Several evening dinners might be formal, so bring appropriate attire. Bring some USB phone chargers and a power strip for extra outlets. Bring some warm clothes, gloves, good shoes and an umbrella (yes, over 7 days, we will see some rain or snow). Make sure your camera memory card is empty. You'll be snapping more pictures than blinking on this trip. Questions, Contact organizer Louis Carroll (951)[masked] Cruise Agent in charge: "The Cruise Lady" (951)[masked] Tickets run around $1200 per person for the 7 day cruise (inside room). Food and amenities are all included. Drinks, gambling and shore excursion can cost extra. Invite your best friends and call the Cruise Lady to book your dream vacation with the Free Riders!