have you ever wished that whimsical destinations, devised by Dr. Seuss were real, and you can visit them yourself? Joshua Tree National Park, a sort of you can.
the last summer, I was bit hard by the bug of national parks. I bought the America The beautiful parks Pass, while he visited the Grand Canyon and Glen Canyon on a mini around the Southwest road trip, and when I hit California wanted more success. Joshua Tree was a natural choice. A simple Palm Springs drive, feasible for a trip a day and filled by the whimsically eccentric Joshua trees.
there are several ways to tackle Joshua Tree, and we debated at the bottom of a large number. We settled at the entrance in via Station West entrance after a stop at the Visitor Center Joshua Tree in the town of Joshua Tree, out by the station of entry to the North in the town of Twentynine Palms (a third entry to the South to Cottonwood is another option). While pets are allowed in the Park, they are not allowed on any trails – in addition, it was hot as heck and so we decided to leave our own pool of puppy. With my pass parks that we sailed in free, however the usual entry fee is $ 20 per trip. With little cellular coverage and even less water available in the Park, a little prior planning is needed.
this day following is, in my opinion, the route perfect for a trip to Joshua Tree Palm Springs.
our ride for the day? The Cabriolet opportunity, my father had bought on a whim at a garage in June sale. A pretty sweet set of wheels, I think we can agree.
set apart by pulling a few times to marvel, mouth agape, at the famous Joshua trees, our first official stop was the path Hidden Valley . The one mile loop trail is described as a “rock envelope valley once rumored were used by livestock producers. ”
, it was a beautiful introduction first to the Park. The trail is not perfectly defined, and we had about three minutes to start to panic at the end, just as we took a turn and realized that we ourselves sailed successfully at the beginning.
, we were back in the car for a few minutes before stopping again to Barker Damn, a 1.1 mile trail that has a water reservoir built by the first farmers of livestock, ancient petroglyphs and small rain-fed tank. Signs told us beware of sheep to America, but the best, we spotted was a squirrel of the desert.
Although the Park guide estimated time of one hour loop, we were back in our car in forty minutes, even stopping to take pictures.
at this point, we felt us deserved a little more casual amusement and so wound up down to view keys . The guide this labeled as a de.25 mile loop, but this is basically just a path from the parking lot. At the top, 5 185 feet above the sea level, we found a superb view on the San Andreas fault, Mount San Jacinto, the Coachella Valley and Salton Sea.
you stopped to take pictures only I got the four of us throughout our time in Cali – RAM stick selfie GoPro use low density and discreetly!
I must admit, as fun and interesting as well as each of our active enough stops, my favorite of the day parts were just cruising through the surprisingly empty of Joshua Tree roads.
it was a day of intense heat and we had comings and goings for hours, as the crew began to fade that we switched upward the northern entrance to the Park. But I have prayed for a last detour to the Cholla Cactus Garden , which my friend Zoe had raved was the best part of her trip.
, it was worth it. Mile.25 effortless loop leads us to the heart of a dense field of thousands more naturally cholla cactus. Their shadow coloring had me Swooning – and so does even on Sunday, we had the place entirely to ourselves.
National Park has only since 1994, Joshua Tree is a jewel of Southern California. While we visited during one of the least hospitable time of year and yet have been humiliated by the beauty to this convergence of the Mojave and Colorado deserts.
Joshua Tree was pretty much my last stop after four months in the Western hemisphere before returning to my home in Thailand. As we wound through roads from another world, I swelled with patriotic pride. It was a beautiful farewell to the USA.
in the desert, I had discovered West of my imagination, my infinitely amplified childhood canyon. I went there for inspiration and insight. -Myriam Bair