Joshua Tree National Park

One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles is its proximity to so much natural beauty. Drive an hour south and you’ll hit the beaches of Orange County. Head east and the mountains and deserts will greet you. Make your way up north and you’ll find the majestic mountains of the Sierras. There’s never a shortage of adventures waiting around the corner.

Ben and I always make an effort to take advantage of the diverse landscapes California has to offer. Last winter during the low season, we explored Joshua Tree National Park, securing a campsite for two glorious nights at Indian Cove Campground. Reservations can be secured in advance at recreation.gov.

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Exploring the park allowed us to be children again. We climbed the boulders (so much fun!), observed the trees, and even fought off “jumping” cacti at the Cholla Cactus Garden. These cacti may look harmless, but their needles tend to cluster and stick to any passerby. We were definitely victimized on more than one occasion.

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Everywhere at Joshua Tree, you will find the park’s iconic boulders. These geologic landscapes were formed over 100 million years ago (!!!) through molten liquid oozing up to the Earth’s crust.

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Close-up of one the thousands of boulders!
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Arch Rock
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I was initially hesitant to climb these boulders, thinking that somehow they’re not “secured” and can topple over at any second. Boy, was I wrong. These boulders cannot be more solid! Upon closer examination of each rock, I found clusters of minerals forming the boulders, all of which are so tightly bound together! I tried to pick at these boulders with my fingers, hoping to see if I can grind them down, but nothing budged!

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Joshua Tree was such a fun experience. I enjoyed my time so much I’m planning another trip with my girlfriends in October!

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