Thursday, October 1, 2015

First Time Camping: Joshua Tree National Park

About a month ago, I went camping for the first time with my boyfriend and our friends.  I approached it with some trepidation because I have never been a very outdoorsy person.  I like my amenities and I don't like getting sweaty/dusty.  Well, there's a first time for everything and Joshua Tree National Park was it.


Joshua Tree National Park is part of the higher Mojave Desert.   The desert is full of Joshua trees (it's the numerous spindly trees in this photo that seem to "reach" for the sky), tiny lizards, gigantic flies, and giant rocks.  As per any desert, it was sweltering hot the entire time we were there.  Shade was pretty sparse and most of the plants were either cacti or had short, spindly leaves.  Off the camp site, we spent a lot of time hiking over dry desert land or climbing the giant rocks/hills that were out there.  Fun fact: all the hills and climbing meant I got an excellent weekend long workout for my glutes!


One of the trails we went on led to Barker Dam (shown above). The dam was used to water cows before it dried up. This was one of the last remnants of a stretch of water.  It was also the most verdant part we saw of Joshua Tree; the rest of the area looked so parched!  The piled rock formations were also really common.  They looked like someone had perfectly arranged a lot of giant boulders to make cobbled mountains.


The last stop we made was to Keys Point which overlooked Coachella Valley.  The view was pretty spectacular and there was a nice breeze up on the mountain which alleviated some of the blistering heat.  Afterwards, we got on our way home. Gotta say, the trip was worth the dust, heat, and sweat.

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