This past weekend, some friends and I took a trip to one of my very favorite spots, Joshua Tree.
Some of you may remember Joshua Tree from my last visit, back in September. (That was actually my first time there!) I loved it so much then that I knew I'd be back soon. So when it came time to pick a spot for a last minute camping trip that wasn't TOO far from home, Joshua Tree was definitely on top of the list.
I'd have to say that the desert has really grown on me the past few months. I know I've said this somewhere else before, but I really do mean it. There's something so distinct about being out in the middle of nowhere. It's almost like life comes to a complete standstill there.
Of course, we had to stop by one of my favorite places in town while we were there-- the Joshua Tree Saloon. This tiny western style building lies on the intersection of the northwestern entrance to the park. They have food, drinks, live music, pool, jukeboxes... the list goes on and on. It's good little spot filled with all sorts of quirks you don't find every day.
^^. Prickly pear cacti || I want a garden of full of these one day.
Much of our time was spent corralling around the park. We started off our only full morning with a nice 4 mile hike (which probably would have been unbearable had it not been a smooth 68 degrees!), did a little rock climbing, off-roading, and all of those good desert things.
By the end of the day, we were looking for the perfect spot to settle down and capture the sunset. We had seen the Cholla Cactus Garden on our visitor map, and figured it ~might~ be worth checking out. It's kind of funny to think of it that way now because it ended up being one of the bigger highlights of our trip.
^^. in the Cactus Garden
Overall, I'd say we had a really great time. We camped, made s'mores, laughed, and sang stupid songs. It's always nice to unplug from the world with a few close friends.
Little trips like these remind me why I love traveling so much. No matter how many times you visit a place, your experience with it will never be the same. And that's the beauty of it. You can relive a place as many times as you want, experiencing it differently each time.
Weeeelllllp, that's all I've got for today guys. I'm really excited about my next adventure, which I'll be announcing a little later in the week. Stay tuned!