They say nothing really happens in the desert.
Wellll - if nothing means magic then I think they're totally right!
A slice of paradise lies 130 miles south of LA and welcomes road trippers crossing into California from Arizona via Highway 10.
A type of paradise where you can be content with solely the sight of Joshua Tree's and the starriest of night skies. An easy escape from the city and a guaranteed restoration of peace.. and the most rejuvenating place to reunite with your lover after long months apart.
Arriving to Joshua Tree and following dirt roads to our Airbnb abode was as exciting to us as it was hot and dry. La Mancha Verde gave us the perfect welcoming on our first night of embracing the beautiful land. With close proximity to local grocery stores and shops, we stocked up on necessities and aromafied the cabin with mouthwatering kabobs.
Nothing compares to listening to the night songs of the desert, photographing the stars until 2am, while catching up on life and simply being in the moment. If you're into this kind of magical synchronicity and simplicity, this is the place.
Hikes and rock climbs and birds and funky trees can all be found at the National Park. There are three entrances to the park, one being the West entrance in Joshua Tree with a $20 fee for a 7-day permit. Drive through the windy, open roads and spend hours seeking the wonders this park radiates. Hug all of the trees you want.. except, I wouldn't exactly dare to seek past the short, white and fuzzy cacti shrubs you'll see on the ground. Jumping Chollas aren't joking around when they mean jumping, and painfully hard to get off your skin. Despite those spiky fellas, Shaggy may have been the happiest he's ever been driving next to the oceans of ancient trees.
The sunset accompanied us as we climbed to the top of Headstone Rock in Ryan Campground and got front row seats to one of the most golden shows.
Pitch home in your tent next to big boulders and enjoy cooking a homemade open-fire dinner at Jumbo Rocks Campground. Letting the sun wake you up, climb to the top of the boulders with your breakfast in one hand and the sunrise in front. Now that's one way to wake up on the right side of the.. sleeping bag! Surrounding the campground are an abundance of hiking trails, exploring Skull Rock or maybe getting lost boulder jumping and finding yourself at the serene labyrinth.
Tranquility never really ends here, and we weren't ready to leave it.. so we got back on the road and landed in Landers, CA, 15 miles north of Joshua Tree. "Beautiful Skies, Miles of Smiles" sounds just about right. Here we found stillness. We arrived to a hidden gem in the middle of nowhere, where one can disconnect into an unbelievable sound bath experience. The Integratron bathed us in deep waves of energy on a powerful geomagnetic vortex. What a special way to appreciate each other in the power of sound waves and the state of being here now.
One last and necessary stop called for indulging in Pioneertown at the one and only, Pappy + Harriet's. Another hidden gem of the Wild, Wild West offers delicious Mesquite cooked eats and meats, and if you're lucky you may catch an outdoor show in their super groovy venue. Luckily for us, we were surprised by Jon Hopkins and Jamie XX to wrap up our stay in the magical land of Joshua Tree.
As always, go with time and stay in peace ~
Photos from another perspective by I'm Seeing Things: here.