Valley of the Moon is a fascinating area in the Jacumba Mountains Wilderness (itself a part of the Sierra Juarez Mountains of the Peninsular Ranges) in Imperial County – it’s like a small patch of Joshua Tree with it’s giant granite boulders, but without the Joshua Trees.
After the first visit to Valley of the Moon with our friend Hans, in April, Shuwen, Toni and I returned in June for a late afternoon hike. One would not expect that a desert hike in June can be all that enjoyable but at this relatively high elevation, temperatures are often still quite tolerable for hiking — especially when it’s windy and as I mentioned before, Valley of the Winds would be an equally fitting name for this place, so that seemed pretty much like a given. :)
Here are a few “flower outtakes” from our hike at Valley of the Moon. Impossible to present these in black & white, hence the split into a separate gallery. :)