In the morning the prize for our determination to get out and keep on exploring without regard for cold and rain is rewarded with a rainbow.
Our destination is north to Joshua Tree National Park. Entrance fee with senior pass is zero. We consider exploring the park and then finding a campsite outside the park as we've heard that the campgrounds fill early. Maybe it isn't so true when it is rainy and cold.
It is the The Arch that draws us in to White Tank campground. We hike the entire trail without finding an arch, but the campground is amazingly well situated for views all around and has campsites tucked in and around monzo-granite boulders. After we reserve the most charming site #10, we head for the geology drive. It is a 4WD-only guided loop of 18 miles. The photos don't do it justice, of course.