I just heard on the news that there are two hikers missing in Joshua Tree, right now! Update (August 3rd): These two people have been missing for over six days. They found their car near a trail head, but that is all. In addition to the deadly heat, there has been some very bad weather and flash flooding in the area. I'm pretty sure that it's no longer consider a rescue operation, but a body recovery effort.
UPDATE: August 8th. The couple is still missing and the "official" search has been terminated. Local authorities and volunteers will keep looking for a while. I still feel like there is something very hinkey about this case. August 13, 2017 It's now almost 3 weeks since they went missing. People are still searching every day. Not good...
In almost all cases in the desert, where there was water, there was also people. It was no different here. They didn't leave a lot of evidence, but they did leave some! We'll get to that in a minute. First, a few pics of the beautiful (in my eyes) scenery.
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There! If you saw my last post, you will see that the petroglyphs on this rock very much resemble the ones included there. These are in much better condition. In additions to the barbells, please note the faint "sunburst" image near the brush on the right side of the photo.
In the middle of this photo, you can see my wife exploring.
I believe this rock material is called Hornblende.
It wasn't easy getting into the middle of this jumble of rocks, but there I am.
Mammal fossils relating back to the stone age have been found in the Pinto Basin. Also, traces of very early human presence.