So we tried to camp in Joshua Tree...

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. 

Martin not stoked on leaving the park. He also didn't appreciate me taking his photo at this time.

Martin not stoked on leaving the park. He also didn't appreciate me taking his photo at this time.

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. 

  1. 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)
  2. 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
  3. 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. 
  4. 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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