Over Thanksgiving we headed west to the great land of California. The goal was to spend the holiday with my bother and his wife who are traveling around the country, and would be in that area by November.
We flew out a few days early and headed to Joshua Tree National Park, in search of some adventure. For sure, Joshua Tree forces one to think of beauty outside of the box. Thousands of the unusually-shaped trees, huge boulders and rocks piled on top of one another, so much dessert you can almost taste the dirt, all enveloped by clear blue skies. It's a stark landscape and one that invites thoughts about survival and how we change and persevere, in spite of the conditions around us. (And there were many moments, where I was reminded of our trip to Iceland.)
When we arrived we made a quick stop at the Cottonwood Visitors Center where we grabbed a map and read about the history of the park. While at the park we did a short, one-mile hike on the Hidden Valley trail. It was the perfect distance for a hike with little ones, a great space for Ryan to adventure and explore, and a chance for each of us to enjoy the trees and boulders up close. We spent a couple of hours of road-tripping around the park, and enjoying the other-worldly views. We also made a stop at the incredible Cholla Cactus Garden, which offers a short walking loop full of these unique plants.
We stayed at the most charming Airbnb in the town of Joshua tree named The Joshua Tree Casita, and we really enjoyed visiting some local spots around town including, The Joshua Tree Coffee Company, Crossroads Cafe and Tavern, and Pie for the People. Thanks for the visit Joshua Tree—we are sure to carry memories of your wild land with us, forever.