Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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This pic captures all the elements of the park - the large rock formation of in the midground is where the boiling magma protruded and cooled in the atmosphere, the large boulders in the foreground are ejecta, and the mountains composed of gneiss rock are the older overlay that the magma protruded into. One can also see the noted vegetation of the park, the Joshua trees (named by Mormons, who thought they looked like Joshua appealing to God, probably for an additional wife or two), along with assorted Yucca and grasses. Interestingly, the entire ecology depends on a rare moth, the Yucca moth. Joshua tree pollen can only be carried by them. Without them, the nasty bastards would not be able to reproduce, and the entire ecology would collapse. All and all, this little slice of the Mojave Desert is a nasty place - everything here either stings, poisons, bites, jabs or pokes. If you come here, make sure you wear clothes you do not care much for, and tough footwear.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address