80 years young

Drive to the most remote part of Death Valley and you’ll be find an impressive Joshua Tree forest. (Not the best photo in the collection, I admit, but these are too cool not to post.)

Technically these are yucca, which is not a tree. We can blame the Mormons for the misnomer. Apparently, the tree’s unique shape reminded Mormon settlers crossing the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer.

They only grow about 1.5-3 inches per year. Judging by the size (15-20 feet in many cases), these are very old. Not nearly as dramatic as the Redwood forest, but a good reminder that the wonders of DVNP are subtle and reserved for those who search for it.

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