J IS FOR JOSHUA TREE
One of my favorite vacations as a child was traveling to California to visit my maternal Grandfather and his family.
My Dad's favorite spot was the Mojave Deset in California. Every time we passed through we all took turns standing in front of one of the JOSHUA TREES.
The tree is actually a Yucca brevifolia and its genus is the Yucca plant.
The name Joshua Tree started from a group of Mormon settlers who were traveling out west to settle and thought is looked like the biblical Joshua reaching his hands up to pray.
Other inhabitants of the area used parts of the tree for fencing because it was so strong.
The above is a picture of me and my younger sister Deb.
Below is the range that the JOSHUA TREE grows in the United States.
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