My Day Trip to the Magical Land of Joshua Tree
There is a magical place in Southern California about 3 hours from San Diego. It’s blazing hot during the summer and freezing cold during the winter. At night the sky is painted with diamonds. If feels a little like what I imagine it would feel like to step into a Dr. Seuss story. When you stand on it’s land it feels like you are getting a comforting, loving hug my Mother Nature herself. This magical place is Joshua Tree.
I’ve been feeling lately a strong pull by Mother Nature. Yes, I live in San Diego and we have been having some of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen, I live by the ocean and get to experience nature everyday, but I’ve been craving less humanized nature. So off to Joshua Tree I went…
I only went for a day, I’m not a big fan of camping when it’s cold, but lucky enough for me Joshua Tree isn’t too far for a day trip from San Diego. My roommate and I headed out last Saturday morning to meet some other girlfriends there and spend the day exploring the land.
If you have never been… GO. April and October are the best times, the perfect weather. I’ve been there the week between Christmas and New Year’s, a bit too cold for me but hey, if the cold doesn’t bother you than go, it’s gorgeous no matter when you do.
As you can see from the pictures, Joshua Tree has Joshua Trees (umm yea) and this beautiful landscape of giant boulders, mountains and vast valleys covered in those goofy looking trees. It’s known for some of the best rock climbing and bouldering. The rocks are very “sticky” in a sense which make for great gripping. You probably don’t know this about me but I LOVE rock climbing, I just don’t get to do it nearly enough as I’d like. But I did get the chance to climb up once on this short day trip.
Even if you don’t rock climb officially you can still play around on the rocks. Or do Yoga poses or pose for your group band photo (like we did – pictures below). I do highly recommend climbing to the top of a really tall rock formation and watching the sunset or rise for that matter. There are lots of hikes and plenty of camping. Just FYI, if it’s your first time visiting Joshua Tree stop off at the visitor center to grab a map of all the hikes and to check which campsites are available. They do fill up depending on the time of year.
Lastly… the camping. I love tent camping but you can bring an RV, just make sure to shut your generator off at night. But camping under the blanket of stars that cover the skies…. ugh… I can’t even explain. You must experience. But no camping for me this round but we do plan on heading back in the spring for a long weekend.
Back to what I was saying about Mother Nature calling though. Whether you want to believe it or not we are all connect to the earth and the universe. What’s out there is in us and visa versa. So if you ever feel like Mother Nature is calling you, get out there. Even if you can’t leave town right at that moment, go hug a tree – I wrote a whole post about the benefits of hugging trees – no joke.