A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I discussed how much fun it would be to go camping at Joshua Tree. He had camped before and said, no problem lets go. So, without a reservation, we packed up the car and headed to the desert on a Saturday afternoon, to mistakenly find absolutely no campsites. It was one of those moments in where you think to yourself, seriously? I just spent over 3 hours looking for a site and now we have to leave? It was bittersweet to say the least.
After a few hours of driving, we decided it was best to just leave the park and head home. This was one of the saddest moments I've felt during a hopeful adventure-filled weekend. We both knew it wouldn't be the same to camp outside of the park and without a fire, nor did we want to just leave. However, we had to put into perspective that this situation was an unfortunate end to our weekend getaway.
Here are a few photos I shot while parked on the side of the road. This place is amazing, just like other state parks in California, you feel small, free, and totally at peace. I loved the pretty natural tones of the park. I especially loved this red plant (upper left) and the huge rock formations. We stopped here for a few minutes and I walked around as the sun was setting, snapped a few, and then left the park.
A few last words. This afternoon trip made me learn a few lessons.
- Don't start your camping trip with no reservations on a Saturday in the middle of the high season in Joshua Tree (it will most likely be full, unless you run into a few friendly campers willing to share...maybe we will try that next time)
- Don't get upset or bummed if your plans don't work out. Take a look on the bright side and tell yourself, next time it will be better
- Talk to people in the park! We made the mistake of not reaching out to other campers for their advice. When in doubt, just ask.
- Last thing, start your trip early. We left at 12:00 on a Saturday. As a result, we had few time to find a site and less time to explore.
With that being said, I'll be counting down the days before I go back. See ya soon Joshua Tree!
This place is amazing.
We're coming back for you Joshua Tree.
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