An entire National Park named after a tree? Seriously?
Now the Grand Canyon… that’s some park. Gigantic crevice in the planet… that you can climb down into. Cool.
Yosemite. Epic walls of towering rock surrounding a pristine valley. Yessir.
Yellowstone. Bears, wolves, elk around every corner. That’s surely worth a visit.
But Joshua Tree? Just a few hours west of San Diego, California, and yeah… it’s named after some trees.
I had a glorious day there recently (and at the nearby mysterious Salton Sea) and it was extraordinary. Joshua Tree delights in its subtlety. In its understated charm. The hikes scale a low lying and approachable mountain, forge through easily missed hidden valleys, ascend toward a seemingly misplaced dessert lake, and leave you utterly and beautifully alone in the silence. It was breathtaking.
More to come soon…