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Desert Sojourn Part 1: Joshua Tree National Park

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The Joshua Tree - which incidentally is not a tree at all but an agave plant much like the yucca...

Those of you who follow my blogs regularly know that I have had a tough spring. One of the things I did to try to keep myself sane was a 9 day sojourn in the souther Arizona desert at the end of April. It was sublime and exactly what I needed. I spent my days hiking until my feet felt like they were going to fall off. Initially I struggled to relax but after days of quiet, I realized how small I am in the larger universe - and that gave me a great sense of peace. I thought that over the next few days I could share a few of my photos from the trip.

The first 4 days I spent at Joshua Tree National Park. I flew into Phoenix, rented a Camaro convertible, put the top down and drove across the border to nearby California. I had only been out of the hospital for about a week at that point and my hikes there were easy going and this was a perfect place to recover...

I was lucky enough to be there when many cacti were in bloom

Me after a very short hike my first day in the park. I took this photo while perched on a rock outcropping awaiting sunset.

The sunset that followed - it was lovely and well worth the hike

I spent the second morning reading book in the hammock outside of the small cottage that I rented

Petroglyphs near the Barker Dam

Cholla cactus aka "Teddy Bear cactus" from the Joshua Tree Cholla "garden"

I went bouldering to the top of this rock on the Hidden Valley trail for some amazing views and peace and quiet away from others

View from the top

More large rock formations that I felt the need to boulder around on - it gave me a great sense of accomplishment

A younger Joshua tree on top of Ryan mountain which I climbed on my 4th day there - first day I really started to feel a little more like myself physically

Desert horned lizard that I happened across on Ryan mountain

Interesting Rock formation on the Skull Rock trail

What my feet looked like at the end of each day. Love my chacos!

I took many photos of blooming cacti and other flowers of the desert but I will post those separately. After my time at Joshua tree I drove to Saguaro National Park in Tucson - those photos next


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DNRAE1 6/9/2014 10:45PM

    Lovely, simply lovely! The perfect way to depressurize! (sp?)

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    You take AMAZING Pictures!! Love them all!!

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JEREMY723 6/8/2014 5:12PM

    What great photos and a great trip! I certainly hope to travel more in the future!

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NEED2LOSEN2010 6/8/2014 12:35PM

    Beautiful pictures of God's Handiwork!


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FITMARY 6/8/2014 9:21AM

    What a fabulous way to heal and recover! Thank you for sharing these pictures. They are awesome. I especially love the petroglyphs. WOW!

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ALICIA214 6/8/2014 1:18AM


I think it is very therapeutic to surround ones self with the awesome nature built by God's
hand, your pics are beautiful,i hope the desert helped you..


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RUDITUDI2000 6/8/2014 12:37AM

    All I can say is WOW!

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DALID414 6/7/2014 11:18PM

    Natures' pedicure

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