[This and a number of future posts were written during our stay in Joshua Tree National Park. They’ll come out over the next few days and will eventually catch up with real life, which has us staying by a local non-English-speaking family in a tiny 98% Latino / Mexican city. More to come on that.]
Written on Tuesday, March 29th (the first post from Joshua Tree)
After a couple of hours of last-minute interneting we headed into Joshua Tree National Park in the late afternoon on Monday. To our surprise there were no spots available at the first few (first-come-first-serve) campgrounds that we checked out, even though there were over 100 sites at each one.
A bit dejected, we were prepared to head back to Twentynine Palms for the night when we decided to check out one last small campground. Full.
Ayo wouldn’t take that “full” for an answer, however, and saved the day by convincing a friendly camper to let us share her large site overnight.
We spent the evening appropriately watching part of a Ken Burns’ documentary on the National Parks system. We stayed up late enough to enjoy the night sky and awakened early enough (only me) to watch the Moon, Venus, and Sun rising from bed through our large overcab window.
Tuesday morning gave us a nice stroke of luck. We needed to find a new spot, so I walked around our campground to look for a vacant site. Having grown to really enjoy the quiet and spacious Belle campground, it was fortuitous that as I was walking around, a large Class A RV was pulling out of one of the most spacious spots. I quickly ran back to the RV and a 30-second drive later we were in our site.
Joshua Tree is awesome. The terrain is beautiful, the Joshua Trees are weird as anything, and the boulders and rock formations are stunning. There’s a ton to explore, and we’ve found it easy to hitch rides to various sites, saving us from taking the RV around the park each day.
This place is sweet, and it’s wonderful to be back in real nature.
posted by yair