Photo TR: Knott's, DL, and DCA in 14 Hours + Joshua Tree/LA

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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby boldikus » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:38 am

Love this report and I think you know why!

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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby Hilltopper39 » Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:38 am

Great report man, I used to make quite a few solo trips to parks and it was always kind of fun, go at your pace (usually WAY faster than most people's) ride just what you want, I need to make another trip soon haha.

Not to get off topic but how do you like those Snapglasses? I've seen those things floating around for a while online but still haven't seen/known anyone who uses them personally so just curious.

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Postby PKI Jizzman » Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:22 pm

They are a little bulky up by the eyes so I wouldn't wear them for pure practical use. The quality is similar to a go pro, the videos look amazing!
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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby cfc » Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:47 am

Looks like you made good use of your time there. While I prefer a more leisurely pace, sometimes you just have to go for it.
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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:13 am

Front page, woohoo! Well deserved.
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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby bert425 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:48 am

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Front page, woohoo! Well deserved.


agreed.

great photos, and tho fast, you got a LOT done and look to have had a great time!
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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby PKI Jizzman » Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:53 pm

Thanks everyone!

There will still be another roller coaster in the trip report, but here's the Joshua Tree update.

Continuing with things working out perfectly - Knott's is right off the highway on the way to Joshua Tree! Perfect. I had my 3 friends pick me up and we stopped at Porto's Bakery, around the corner from Knott's. http://www.portosbakery.com/content/portos-bakery-cafe-buena-park

Porto's is an unbelievable Cuban/international bakery shop which features stunning cakes, meat pies, potato balls, empanadas, and so much more! It's very busy, but the place is so well organized you won't spend too long in line. I got 5 things and only spent $7.

Stocked up on good food, we made the 2 hour drive East to Joshua Tree National Park. We got a great airbnb 2 bedroom with a hot tub just outside the park for only 100 a night. (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9443663?location=Joshua%20Tree%2C%20CA%2C%20United%20States&adults=4&children=0&infants=0&guests=4&check_in=2018-02-17&check_out=2018-02-19&s=RP42KXqe - Airbnb) Joshua Tree NP is absolutely massive - it takes about 3 hours to drive through. It seems like the amount of trails and climbing spots are limitless. If you like camping, hiking, bouldering, rock climbing, you've got to visit this place.

Outside of the park there's plenty of good eats and places to grab a beer at, so you're not in a remote wild west town. BUT if that's what you want, just a couple miles over is Pioneertown, CA which looks like it's stuck in the old western times.

It was hilarious that no one we talked to in LA had been to Joshua Tree, but had heard of it and thought it's just 'desert' or 'a place to trip balls' or 'the park near Coachella'. I love music festivals and live music, but I think it would be criminal to go all the way out to Coachella/Palm Springs and not see the other-worldy wonder that is Joshua Tree.

Next up ....LA + Santa Monica!
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This is just one tiny section of Porto's
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Sweet or Savory - they have it all!
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Part of my haul
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Fast forward to our first hike + sunset
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Let's climb up a little for a better view
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It was like seeing these colors for the first time
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Peace and quiet takes a whole new meaning out here.
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Who knows how old this guy is
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It's not even 6pm but it's getting very dark very fast!
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This is a Joshua Tree. If you don't know, now you know.
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This looks very sharp.
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I wish this picture could show more depth - the scene just went on forever. There were even white capped mountains.
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Just us and mother nature.
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Tons of rocks to climb around on.
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Friendship is rare
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The Cholla cactus garden...just incredible
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Notice all the little ones on the ground? Yeah it was like walking through a mine field
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They just went on for MILES! So surreal!
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Unlimited places to hike and climb.. I'd be out there for a month if I could
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Cactus....sharp!!!!
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One last shot from the Cholla cactus world.
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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby Philrad71 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:37 pm

Great shots - love Joshua Tree NP!

Still trying to figure out a way to get out to the Big 5 parks in Utah as well as the Grand Canyon this year. After seeing this, it makes me want to plan a trip to Palm Springs and visit this park again too!
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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:43 pm

Great report! Just getting caught up, but I've never heard of Joshua Tree Park, but it sure looks nice.

I'm glad the Space Mountain single rider line is fast and efficient. Is the line just through the exit or is it as funky as Indiana Jones for the single rider? I'm definitely going to be utilizing that on my next visit.
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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:53 pm

Very cool. I'm a fan of U2 and national parks, so I do hope to make it out to Joshua Tree one of these days. Looks really great.
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