Even though I love nature, traveling and adventures I had never been to or thought about visiting Joshua Tree National Park until last March when my friend Sam came to visit from Staten Island. When I started planing another trip out there I realized I never blogged about our first trip!
BTW… I felt the need to mention my friend Sam is from Staten Island so you can all follow along with the Staten Island accent… she is going to be really happy I just said that.
Anyway, every time she visits it’s a whirlwind of exhausting awesome. She is as insane as I, if not more, when it comes to overbooking a schedule. We both love taking pictures, capturing silly moments and blasting them online for all our friends to enjoy (or be exhausted by). One of the main places she wanted to check out last year was Joshua Tree…
Okay at first I was thinking to Mrs. Nature Lover and Animal Freak… you want to go out to the freaking desert? It’s all just sand right? Nothing to see? Maybe some creepy bugs? How exciting CAN that possibly be? Even with all my preconceived notions about the desert I was down to check it out and have an adventure. All of my assumptions were way off base and I’m so glad we went.
The first thing that really moved me was how loud the silence was out there. That is truly hard to explain. It’s so silent that you hear humming in your ears that is peaceful. It made me realize how many sounds surround us in the city and how we rarely have the opportunity to stop and listen to life around us.
Or I am going crazy by thinking I heard humming noises when it was really silent. Either way… it was rad.
There is so much to cover at Joshua Tree that a day trip isn’t nearly enough. It was on my todo list to make it back again before the year was over. Now I’m planning on getting out there as an annual trip. I’ll have to bring a cardboard cutout of Sam so she can pose with us.
There are places to camp, hike, rock climb and a weird animals to see for all ages. The Ranger Program is always a must for kids when visiting a National Park. My kids learned more through their ranger booklets than we could have explained and they got a rad badge for completing their age appropriate assignments. My kids had a blast here and have been asking frequently when we will return.
Barker Dam is a truly peaceful place. A beautiful man made desert oasis. It’s a 1.5 mile hike that is supposed to be accessible for all. It can dry up during the hot season so seeing this in the Winter and Spring is ideal.
There is also a cave with Native American hieroglyphics. From what I’ve read there are many Native American Hieroglyphics throughout the park.
The pictures just don’t do it justice… it’s one of those places you have to experience. I want to camp here and spend a whole weekend exploring the marvels of Joshua Tree National Park. This is a place for exploring, adventure and lots of great memories. Remember to stop by the visitor center for maps, tips and safety information. Everyone there is very friendly and helpful! If you end up visiting Joshua Tree National Park stop by here again and tell me about it!
About Leila DontSpeakWhinese
Leila, aka The Ninja, is the advocate for all things not whining. Parenting is fun when everyone stops b*tching! She is the Mom of a big blended family of four awesome kids. They ninja kick through life together. Oh and she is a total jackass.