The weather's perfect right now for a camping trip in the desert, a smidgen North of Joshua Tree.
One of the most astounding road trips I've ever taken. I won't go much into the personal details, except that my wonderful wife makes the most perfect travel companion. We went together on every leg of the trip, down every path and through every wonderful snack.
It is 1pm and 110F-ish. I'm hiding in the shade of a rock lip in Vasquez Park. I missed the desert. This post written before I cooked under the heat of the sun.
I recently headed over to Joshua Tree, hoping to catch some stars or some snow. Neither of my hopes came true. The sky stayed overcast the whole evening, and the ground dry. And it was perfect and still and I loved every minute.
Vasquez Rocks Park had some rain recently, and nature went wild. From blooms to berries, this is a look at two plants named after the state that responded nicely. (California Juniper, California Cholla)
Cholla cacti have wood skeletons. After they die and the water evaporates, after the skin falls off and the desert critters move in - they leave behind some wood. I never connected the plants as alive to how they were when dead.
Desertification and Drought Day is an effort to remind people that what we buy and consume comes mostly from the earth.
I don't know how long the weather and the traffic will be clear, so now's the moment. Take a chance to enjoy the desert while everything's blooming!