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Perhaps My Last Christmas Trip To Joshua Tree National Park

Yep, People Get Their Cars Stuck Parking Like This (Taken Christmas Eve)

Yep, People Get Their Cars Stuck Parking Like This.  Do Not Do This. (Taken Christmas Eve)

As many of my friends know, I have been visiting Joshua Tree National Park every Christmas for a long time.  2018 was my 13th consecutive year celebrating the Holiday in the park.  Things sure have changed. Continue reading

Desert Monsoon by T.M. Schultze

Reflecting on the Dangers in Joshua Tree

Note:  This post also appears on the Joshua Tree Photo Guide website.
Desert Monsoon by T.M. Schultze

Desert Monsoon by T.M. Schultze

Autumn is only a few weeks away and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the Summers in Joshua Tree. Continue reading

US National Parks Left To Visit

US National Parks Left To Visit

I have 30 of the 62 US National Parks left to visit.  For the list of the National Parks I have visited, click here.

  1. Acadia National Park (Maine)
  2. Badlands National Park (South Dakota)
  3. Biscayne National Park (Florida)
  4. Congaree National Park (South Carolina)
  5. Denali National Park (Alaska)
  6. Dry Tortugas National Park (Florida)
  7. Everglades National Park (Florida)
  8. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Alaska)
  9. Gateway Arch National Park (Missouri)
  10. Glacier National Park (Montana)
  11. Glacier Bay National Park (Alaska)
  12. Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming)
  13. Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee and North Carolina)
  14. Haleakala National Park (Hawaii)
  15. Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii)
  16. Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas)
  17. Indiana Dunes National Park (Indiana)
  18. Isle Royale National Park (Michigan)
  19. Katmai National Park (Alaska)
  20. Kenai Fjords National Park (Alaska)
  21. Kobuk Valley National Park (Alaska)
  22. Lake Clark National Park (Alaska)
  23. Mammoth Cave National Park (Kentucky)
  24. National Park of the American Samoa (American Samoa)
  25. Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota)
  26. Virgin Islands National Park (United States Virgin Islands)
  27. Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota)
  28. Wind Cave National Park (South Dakota)
  29. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park (Alasa)
  30. Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho)
Christmas Morning 2017 by T.M. Schultze

US National Parks Visited

I have visited 32 of the 62 United States National Parks. For the list of 30 I need to visit, click here.

Window To Turret by T.M. Schultze
Window To Turret

Arches National Park

BB3 by T.M. Schultze
BB3 by T.M. Schultze

Big Bend National Park

Dark Canyon by T.M. Schultze
Dark Canyon by T.M. Schultze

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

BC2 by T.M. Schultze
BC2 by T.M. Schultze

Bryce Canyon National Park

CC2 by T.M. Schultze
CC2 by T.M. Schultze

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Indigo Lake Twilight, Cuyahoga, by T.M. Schultze
Indigo Lake Twilight, Cuyahoga, by T.M. Schultze

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Lake Below Peak by T.M. Schultze
Lake Below Peak by T.M. Schultze

Great Basin National Park

Christmas Morning 2017 by T.M. Schultze
Christmas Morning 2017 by T.M. Schultze

Joshua Tree National Park

Hidden Alcove by T.M. Schultze

Mesa Verde National Park

Storm Over Hurricane Ridge by T.M. Schultze
Storm Over Hurricane Ridge by T.M. Schultze

Olympic National Park

RNSP1 by T.M. Schultze
RNSP1 by T.M. Schultze

Redwoods National and State Park

Sequoia Meadow by T.M. Schultze

Sequoia National Park

Moon and Half Dome by T.M. Schultze
Moon and Half Dome by T.M. Schultze

Yosemite National Park

False Kiva, Winter
False Kiva, Winter

Canyonlands National Park

Islets by T.M. Schultze

Channel Islands National Park

Badwater Rainbow by T.M. Schultze
Badwater Rainbow by T.M. Schultze

Death Valley National Park

Wildflowers, Great Sand Dunes, Black and White, by T.M. Schultze
Wildflowers, Great Sand Dunes, Black and White, by T.M. Schultze

Great Sand Dunes National Park

KC2 by T.M. Schultze
KC2 by T.M. Schultze

Kings Canyon National Park

Reflection Lakes by T.M. Schultze
Reflection Lakes by T.M. Schultze

Mt. Rainier National Park

Desert Beyond by T.M. Schultze

Petrified Forest National Park

Colorado Divides by T.M. Schultze
Colorado Divides by T.M. Schultze

Rocky Mountain National Park

SNHP1 by T.M. Schultze
SNHP1 by T.M. Schultze

Shenandoah National Park

West Temple Sunrise by T.M. Schultze

Zion National Park

Fruita Fenceline by T.M. Schultze
Fruita Fenceline by T.M. Schultze

Capitol Reef National Park

CL2 by T.M. Schultze
CL2 by T.M. Schultze

Crater Lake National Park

Stormy Toroweap by T.M. Schultze
Stormy Toroweap by T.M. Schultze

Grand Canyon National Park

Quiet McKittrick by T.M. Schultze

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Sulphur Steam by T.M. Schultze

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Clearing The Cascades by T.M. Schultze

North Cascades National Park

Condor Gulch Trail, Sunrise, Pinnacles National Park, by T.M. Schultze
Condor Gulch Trail, Sunrise, Pinnacles National Park, by T.M. Schultze

Pinnacles National Park

SNP10 by T.M. Schultze
SNP10 by T.M. Schultze

Saguaro National Park

WSNP1 by T.M. Schultze
WSNP1 by T.M. Schultze

White Sands National Park

US National Parks Visited

I have visited 32 of the 62 United States National Parks.  For the list of the 30 I need to visit, click here.


  1. Arches National Park (Utah)
  2. Big Bend National Park (Texas)
  3. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (Colorado)
  4. Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)
  5. Canyonlands National Park (Utah)
  6. Capitol Reef National Park (Utah)
  7. Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico)
  8. Channel Islands National Park (California)
  9. Crater Lake National Park (Oregon)
  10. Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Ohio)
  11. Death Valley National Park (California and Nevada)
  12. Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)
  13. Great Basin National Park (Nevada)
  14. Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado)
  15. Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Texas)
  16. Joshua Tree National Park (California)
  17. Kings Canyon National Park (California)
  18. Lassen Volcanic National Park (California)
  19. Mesa Verde National Park (Colorado)
  20. Mt. Rainier National Park (Washington)
  21. North Cascades National Park (Oregon)
  22. Olympic National Park (Washington)
  23. Petrified Forest National Park (Arizona)
  24. Pinnacles National Park (California)
  25. Redwood National and State Parks (California)
  26. Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado)
  27. Saguaro National Park (Arizona)
  28. Sequoia National Park (California)
  29. Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)
  30. White Sands National Park (New Mexico)
  31. Yosemite National Park (California)
  32. Zion National Park (Utah)

 

Travel

Travel has been a hobby that has brought together many of my interests. Things like photography, nature, environmentalism have been informed by the desire to see something new.

My Camping Gear and Equipment

My Camping Gear and Equipment

Note:  This list is not necessarily a recommended list of camping gear and equipment.  It represents the gear that I choose to use in the field.  This list may be of interest to you.  Each person should review their own needs and choose the gear that suits them best.
  • Osprey Atmos 65 Backpack
  • REI Igneo Sleeping Bag
  • REI Arete ASL 2 Tent
  • Thermarest Pro-Lite 3
  • MPowerd Inflatable Solar Lantern

Weekend Backpacking Checklist

Weekend Backpacking Checklist

  • Backpack
    • Sleep
      • Tent (Optional)
      • Ground Cloth
      • Sleeping Bag
      • Ground Pad (Thermarest)
    • Water
      • Water filter (If Required)
      • 1 – 2 Gallons Water (variable)
  • Very Important Papers
  • Maps/Compass/GPS/ETC
  • Clothing
    • Waterproof Outer Layer Jacket
    • Warm Jacket
    • Inner liner socks
    • Beanie
  • Bear Bag or Canister (If Needed)
  • First Aid
    • First Aid Kit
    • Moleskin
    • Sunscreen
  • Food
    • Emergency (Extra) Food
    • Trail Snacks
  • Me
    • Hiking Pants
    • Hiking Shirt
    • Boots
    • Inner liner socks
    • Outer layer socks
    • Buff
    • Hiking Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Hiking Poles

 

Sunset, Moon, Venus, at La Jolla Shores, by T.M. Schultze

Best Photo Locations In San Diego

Best Photo Locations In San Diego

Sunset, Moon, Venus, at La Jolla Shores, by T.M. Schultze

Sunset, Moon, Venus, at La Jolla Shores, by T.M. Schultze

Finding the best photo locations in San Diego is important for people visiting or who people who are fortunate enough to live here. Continue reading

Garrett's Arch by T.M. Schultze

Garrett’s Arch

Garrett's Arch by T.M. Schultze

Garrett’s Arch by T.M. Schultze

I recently trekked to Garrett’s Arch in Joshua Tree National Park.  Garrett’s Arch is likely the largest arch in Joshua Tree, although another unpublicized arch could give it competition.

Garrett’s Arch is located in the Wonderland of Rocks backcountry.  The trailhead begins at the Wall Street Mill parking lot, proceeding briefly before veering left towards the Wonderland Ranch/Wiley’s Market ruins.  Proceeding behind it, you will pick up the Wonderland Wash and follow it.

At about 0.72 miles, you should reach Jaguar Rock.  This is your first major landmark along the way.  After Jaguar Rock, the wash will enter a valley.  Proceed north.  Keep in mind that the Wonderland Wash will veer North but to the left.  This will take away from your destination.

Find the wash just to the right of Wonderland Wash, and you will pick it up through another canyon.  Keep going until you reach Three Freak Brothers to your right.  This is an easy-to-spot rock formation, and will alert you to the proper time to turn right.  The immediate right requires bouldering.  Keep North to the next turn and you will pick up the side canyon and save some energy.

Immediately, you should spot the Red Obelisk, another beautiful formation in the middle of the canyon.  Once again, the canyon will open up to another valley.  Keep going East, but veer North of the rock formations in the middle of the valley.  After you pass, you will pick up your last canyon.  Keep looking left in that canyon, and you will easily locate the arch.

Keep in the mind that the arch is in a difficult location.  A moderate but dangerous and slippery rock scramble will get you to a ledge below the arch.  There is another high wall that prevents entry to the arch itself.  The arch is also covered in the back by a large growing tree, so seeing “through” the arch is obscured.

A wide-angle lens is needed from this location.  You can also stand on the rocks in the canyon to get a larger image.

The mileage came out to 2.1 to 2.4 miles and is mostly easy, with some very minor rock scrambling.