Day 3- Mojave National Preserve- Kelso Dunes and Granite Mountain

The wind finally died down sometime in the early mornings. We woke up to a beautiful day and took a hour long hike towards the cinder cones on the jeep trail.  During our walk, we noted that ecosystem here is really different compared to Hole in the Wall where it was mostly young Joshua Trees and cactus versus short brush near the lava beds. For the second time during our trip, we noted how nice it would be, if we had our mountain bikes with us on this trail.

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Bonding time for L and his babies

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Day 2- Mojave National Preserve- Kelso Depot and Lava Tubes

We arrived at the Kelso Depot Ranger Station around lunch time. This ranger station serves as the main headquarters of Mojave National Preserve. It looked much more established than the Hole in the Wall Ranger Station. In the early 1900s, Kelso Depot was a hotel and restaurant built to provide services for passengers of the railroads passing through the area. With the railroad industry declining after World War II, this area became desolate. The building was transferred to National Park Services in 1994 when the national preserve was established and the restoration of the building began in 2002.

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Front of the Kelso Depot Building

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Day 2- Mojave National Preserve- Hole in the Wall

Baby S slept terribly his first night sleeping in the camper van, so all of us got up early to catch the sunrise and hung around the camper van.

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Dakota and S cheering on Baby S during his daily tummy time

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Caught Dakota sleeping on Baby S’s jacket inside the Sportsmobile!

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