Day 4: Cajon Pass back to Phoenix

We stayed at the Best Western at Cajon Pass. I woke up to the sounds of trains coming through the pass and because we were so close we were able to get up to the pass before breakfast:

Cajon_summit_2

We had a bit of a wait for a train so I took an arty photo whilst waiting:

Cajon_summit_1

Then a couple of trains showed up. The first was coming up the grade on the main line:

Cajon Pass first train

Another train came down the pass on the high line.

Two trains at Cajon Pass

We went back for breakfast. There’s a great view just from the motel car park:

View from the Best Western

Motel Car Park

We chased some trains up and down the pass. We’d got a pass for the roads in the National Park so we could go anywhere.

You can cross all the railroad tracks to get right up into the pass:

Cajon Pass

The ballast is pink which is so cute and girly!

Cajon Pass

Cajon Pass

I tried a few more arty blast past photos:

Train blast past

Train trail

HDR_train

We sat in McDonalds for an age trying to decide whether to hang around in case more trains showed up or to go back to Phoenix. A while later we booked our Phoenix hotel and set off home via Joshua Tree National Park. I nearly went there 20 years’ ago so it was on the bucket list.

It’s a beautiful park but was a 3 hour detour for us to go through the whole park. The first half is where the Joshua Trees are.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

There also some really cool rock formations that look like piles of pebbles but much larger:

Joshua Tree National Park

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