I've been to Joshua Tree National Park a few times, but this road trip was special. I no longer see this park as just a wild place to explore and to play. Engaging with local residents opened my eyes to see the thriving arts and culture, and also some of the issues they are facing. It was a real educational adventure!
There were some challenging times since plans were constantly shifting, and even on the last day, it felt like I was just getting started. Looking back, I see that I was learning to let go and really try to be with the present moment.
🚐 Road Trip Run-Down
|Road trip:||5 properties, 1 desert (Joshua Tree), 1 sweet campervan from Escape|
|Destinations: || • Shambala Desert View, CA|
• Horse With No Name, CA
• Copper Mountain Camp, CA
• Downtown J-Tree Camping, CA
• Landers Nightscape, CA
|Driving distance:||~250 miles|
|Trip length:||7 days|
|Most essential item:||Cellphone|
|Best meal:||My partner made veggie tacos and veggie soup with ramen broth!|
|Must-see spots:||• Cholla Cactus Garden inside the park at sunset. The light just makes it all look kind of unreal and dreamy.|
• Hike to Barker Dam early morning before it gets crowded. You'll see a diversity of geological features, plants, and may even see wildlife (I saw rabbits and coyotes).
• Hike Ryan Mountain. Drive to Keys View for a panoramic view of mountains and the Coachella Valley.
• Try the Glass Outhouse in Twentynine Palms.
• Reserve a soundbath session at The Integratron in Landers or relax in one of their hammocks.
|Favorite memory:||My partner and I drove into a dirt road inside the park. We pulled over, prepared sandwiches to eat for lunch. We relaxed in the Escape Campervan bed afterwards, with the side doors open, while looking at the Joshua trees. We ended up taking an afternoon nap in the silence. It was so simple and peaceful.|
⛺ Trip Supplies
Mavericks Ford Dippy from our friends at Escape Campervans
waterproof jacket & pants
sandals (for public showers)
filters for pour-over coffee
vitamins & medications
toothbrush & toothpaste
|Gear & Misc|
aux cord with iphone lightning adapter
journal and pen
car power inverter
car socket USB power adapter
America the Beautiful parks pass
Parks Passport notebook
maps & printed guides
big plastic container for item organization
small camp blankets
|What I forgot to bring:|
lip balm with SPF 15
🌵 Views from the Road
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