Last week I said I wanted to go on a little adventure, and I sure did! Dan and I spent the whole Saturday exploring Joshua Tree National Park to get a sense of what it feels like being in the desert. When you live in LA, you really have an appreciation for quiet and peaceful environments where you can leave the stress of the everyday behind; and that’s exactly what we found there.
The scenery was gorgeous, dotted with Joshua trees and magnificent rock formations that took my breath away. This park has seriously a life of its own. The strange beauty of the flora and barren landscape sometimes gave me the sensation that I was in a completely different planet. My phone had no reception whatsoever, so we had to rely on a traditional map to go from point A to point B. It felt good to be disconnected from technology for a while and trust our instincts to know where we were at any given moment. I had to admit that we got lost a couple of times, but hey, we survived! 😉
We had all day to explore the different exhibits of the park such as the Skull Rock, Hidden Valley, Indian Cove and Keys Ranch among others. Although all of them were very impressive, my favorite was the Cholla Cactus Garden – a sea of cute and fuzzy cacti stretching out in all directions. From a distance, these cacti tend to have a very soft appearance, but their needles are extremely sharp and dig into the skin immediately. Dan learned the hard way. I was playing with the settings of my camera when I heard a loud painful scream coming from him. I run towards him to see what happened, and I freaked out when I saw that a fallen piece with hundreds of thick and sharp needles was stocked so deep in his fingers. It took him a while to pull them out, I could feel the pain only by seeing the whole scene. Believe me, you don’t want to mess around with these plants!
I hope you guys have had a phenomenal weekend, and a better start of the week!