So far in my American adventure I've visited a few National Parks including the Grand Canyon & Sequoia, both beautiful places that left me in awe of the varied landscapes that exist in this country.
A couple of friends suggested we fly down to Palm Springs for a weekend getaway and that we drive to Joshua Tree National Park for a day trip. I jumped at the chance, and also decided to take my dog, Layla, along for the ride (read my post about traveling with an Emotional Support Animal). Whilst Palm Springs was a vibrant place full of sunshine, good food and entertainment, Joshua Tree was the highlight of the trip for me.
It took about an hour to drive out to the park from Palm Springs. The journey was easy and pleasant, with the bright sunshine beaming down and more wind turbines than I've ever seen along the way. We were expecting the weather to be balmy seeing as the park is the desert, but actually we found it to be much cooler than Palm Springs, due to the elevation of the park. Dogs aren't allowed on any of the trials in the park so we left Layla in the apartment for our afternoon trip.
Whilst the whole park spans over 1200 miles, because we were short on time we decided to stop at the main tourist attractions and do a short hike to Barker Dam. The Barker Dam trail took about an hour, and is a loop out to the Dam and back. Although we got a little lost as the trials are not easy to see, eventually we found the dam, which created beautiful reflections of the rocks and trees surrounding it.
The light in the park adds to the sense of majesty, with niknak shaped shadows created by the Joshua Trees. I obviously couldn't resist a tree-pose of my own!
The trip made me realize how good for the soul it is to experience new sights and sounds. Each of the US National Parks is so different, and there are still so many left for me to see (55 left to go)! Emily, Ed and I have already booked our next state-side adventure - to Zion National Park in Feb 2018.