Joshua Tree National Park Pt 2

This was an exciting last min addition to my ~Southwest Summer~! Before I left, I checked the route to Tucson (my halfway point to the final destination of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park) and it literally went RIGHT through Joshua Tree NP- I couldn't pass it up! The 8 hour drive from Santa Barbara to Tucson ended up being a lot longer than I had intended so I unfortunately could only breeze through JT- but it was enjoyable nonetheless! There is a road that cuts through the park from the West Entrance to the Cottonwood Visitor center that lead me in the right general direction. The first part of the park I had done before in November with my aunt but the other three fourths was uncharted territory for me! When entering the park I had a flash of inspiration that I should attempt to find the bottles that had been wedged into the cracks of a rock formation that I was unable to reach before. NOW that I'm a seasoned trash collector I came prepared with an extendable claw (pictured below) that can grab things in tight corners! 

It was exciting searching for the same rocks I had found before! They ended up being at the Hidden Valley picnic area and I FOUND 3 BEER CANS AND 2 WATER BOTTLES!! I truly felt like a crazy trash pirate on a trash treasure hunt. 

 Happily hanging out with the freshly clawed trash from the Hidden Valley (Ranch?) picnic area that I was unable to retrieve in November. 

Happily hanging out with the freshly clawed trash from the Hidden Valley (Ranch?) picnic area that I was unable to retrieve in November. 

After that I continued on the Pinto Basin Road and pulled off on the occasional "Exhibit" to collect a few more water bottles, a straw, and a napkin! 

 So many water bottles! Nice to see people are keeping themselves hydrated but plz recycle hello!

So many water bottles! Nice to see people are keeping themselves hydrated but plz recycle hello!