After I retired, I was often asked if I planned on traveling or doing something special. My husband and I are on a limited income, but we are comfortable. As much as I love the idea of traveling, we have both agreed that within an hour from our home, we have a wealth of resources and wonderful places to visit. (This is not to mention the places beyond an hour.) In one hour, I can be on a beautiful southern California beach. In an hour (or less), I can be hiking in Big Bear or Lake Arrowhead, the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains. In an hour, I can be in Palm Desert, Palm Springs or Indio. In an hour, I can be in Los Angeles and any place in the L.A. County. In and hour, I can be in Temecula Valley (and an hour beyond that San Diego!). In an hour, I can be in Morongo Valley, 29 Palms, and Joshua Tree National Park.
Today, we pack a Subway sandwich, some fruit, and water and drove an hour to Joshua Tree National Park. What an amazing geological, geographical area.....a miracle of nature. It has been some years since I have been there, but my hubby and I had such a wonderful day. We took a hike we were familiar with and ate our picnic lunch on the rocks along the way.
I know that we all live in areas that we forget to explore. It is practically free to visit our local wonders. I would love to take exotic vacations, but if it is not in the cards, I need not despair!!!! I am blessed with a world of wonder right in my own backyard.
It is like everything in life, happiness is within us and around us, if we choose to open our eyes and our hearts.
The Joshua Tree was named my the Mormon settlers in the 1800's who thought the tree looked like Joshua, arms upraised, leading them to the promised land.
Here's to our continued JOY, my Sparkfriends!!!