Thursday, February 27, 2014

Black Rock Campground, Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Site 11, Black Rock Campground, Joshua Tree national Park
Thursday, February 27, 2014, Black Rock Campground, Joshua Tree National Park, CA- 85.8 miles ,5376.4 For the Trip

Well, I have now parked the trailer in the most unlevel site I've ever been in. If you camp at Black Rock Campground in Joshua Tree National Park, I strongly suggest avoiding Site 11. What's more, I'm pretty sure I'll be kicked out tomorrow. At 3:30, I went to the Cottonwood Welcome Center and asked the ranger to radio Black Rock to see if site 11 was still open. I guess I asked wrong - it looks like it is open tonight, but reserved for the rest of the weekend. I'll try to straighten things out tomorrow, but since it was the only site not reserved for the weekend, I'm probably going to have to find somewhere else. As I said, it was tough getting into - I arrived a bit after 5:00 and didn't get set up until 6:00. The site photo above is the only one for the day.

Anyway, we didn't get any of the rain that fell on much of southern California, but lots of wind. I spend most of the day reading, walking around the campground (the trails at Cottonwood are all closed due to earlier flooding stirring up the tailings of the mines along the trails.

As I noted in the late posting of yesterday's journal, I did drive to the parking area that has cell reception. Pretty amazing - it goes from none to 4 bars of 4G LTE service in a couple 100 feet. Other than that, just hanging around the campsite waiting until it was time to radio Black Rock.

Dinner was a can of Cambell's Chunky Chipotle Chicken & Corn Chowder. For canned soup it was pretty good!

Until tomorrow -

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