Joshua Tree National Park! I’ve been dreaming of going to this mysterious park filled with trees that look like the Truffula trees from a Dr Seuss book.
After an estrogen fueled weekend of first a bachelorette party and then a bridal shower for my baby sister, I drove to Joshua Tree from Los Angeles. I was definitively ready to switch it up for something gritty and Western. The drive was lovely and I start to hyperventilate with happiness when I started to see the wind energy generators. It means I am close to the dessert. They looked like robots from a Star Wars movie. Even though the park is closed on Sundays, I still wanted to arrive on Sunday so that I could wake up super early on Mondayto hit up the park. Every hour and minute counts here, the more you wait, the hotter and hotter it gets.
Like I planned, I got up early, sprayed myself with a nice dosage of sun screen and I was off to the dessert. Once you arrive, you feel the weight of the earth. It’s flat, wide, and calm. It might’ve been because my iphone had absolutely no reception, which in my opinion is the best way to enjoy the dessert. This place reminds you that you are nowhere near where you come from and you need to pay close attention.
The quietness was jarring. It was so quiet that I found myself whispering. The rock formations looked like they had giant faces on them and they will start talking at any minute like the Lord of the Rings style.
Joshua Tree is mysterious, grand, beautiful, and serene all at once. Right now, it’s the off-season so it’s pretty much dead. After 3 hours of driving, hiking, and taking a zillion photos around the park, you will start to hallucinate a little. You start thinking that a cactus is closing in on you, Joshua trees are human like, and you start running for no reason. Trust me I was sober!
I missed the sunrise and the sunset here but I know it would be stunning just by seeing how the light hits the golden coral soil in the dessert with Joshua tree silhouettes. Another reason to come back for sure.