Shhh, don't tell anyone! The hot temps scare off the tourists. People forget that much of the Park is at higher elevation and cooler than the surrounding desert (the picnic area is at about 4200'). We'll just keep that little secret to ourselves! We had the Live Oak Picnic Area entirely to ourselves... not another hiker or car to be seen.
As you drive to the far west end of Live Oak Picnic Area, you will find the big oak tree that the area is named after (red arrow on the map). I'm used to seeing smaller scrub oak in the Park, but this big oak really stands out. We wasted no time hauling out camp table, chairs, and cooler.
As my wife and mother relaxed under the shade of the oak tree, my granddaughter was eager to explore.
|My granddaughter and a "shadow selfie"!|
My favorite photo of the day... look at her go! Hey, wait for grandpa!!!
I'm thankful for my little photo muse granddaughter! She's fun, photogenic, and always adds a little more interest to my photos when we're out exploring.
The Live Oak "tank". Further down the wash is the Ivanpah tank. We didn't make it quite that far, so will save it for another time.
Back under the big oak, where a cool drink and a snack are waiting!