Last summer we had a number of long driving days mostly because of distances between stops or time commitments. The trip to Joshua Tree was going to be a pretty long drive for one day and we have no deadlines at all so we broke the drive in to two short days. Other than dense fog in the southern valley the day was uneventful. We are parked at the Palmdale Elks lodge. It, like much of Palmdale seems to be somewhat economically challenged. Good parking though and quiet.