Joshua Tree is a subject that is the focus of many of my posts. It is a place that every time I go, I feel calm and in-tune with my surroundings. When climbing, the fierce grip of the rocks clings to my fingers and feet. It is my favorite place.
When I went this last weekend, I had the privilege of going with my roommates and my friend Greta visiting from Arizona. We got there early saturday and did some boulder hopping. We ended hiking up one of the main domes in Hidden Valley just in time for sunset! At the top were holes dug into the rock from water and Greta made herself at home in a perfect sized spot and I found myself in mine right next to her.
It is ALWAYS windy in Joshua Tree. Crash pads are constantly disappearing from underneath your feet, tents blowing over, and no chance of keeping your hair from going insane! We started to get a bit cold and decided it was time to make our way back to the car and find a spot to camp. We had a few things to consider including park ranger detection, an available spot for a fire and shelter from the wind. I knew a spot I have always wanted to camp at, so we went for it!
Every chance I get to go to Joshua Tree is a pleasure. The climbing is supreme, the people are friendly, and the view is world class. People congregate from all over the world to pay homage to the vast expanses and incredible rock formations. Rich in nature and history, Joshua Tree is a place that needs to be appreciated and protected as long as it is on this earth.
Joshua Tree brings out the supreme beauty and childish nature of all who visit. A place where you can be who you want to be, and do what you want to do as long as it is in the common interest of the park. Complex, artistic, shapes provide a seemingly endless natural playground and access to great rock is unmatched. Wherever you are, make sure to visit it soon!