We spent the Veterans' Day holiday last weekend camping in Joshua Tree, at the same campsite with the same group of friends with whom we've been camping for ten years. Quixotic expeditions to find mysterious springs, rock climbing with ropes and scrambling without, campfires, campfire stories, faculty politics and gossip, birthday cake for our newly elected school board member: this trip had all the usual fun. And except for a brief cold windy overcast spell Saturday afternoon, the weather cooperated magnificently.

Photo gallery here.