Hitching Rides Around Joshua Tree National Park

3 04 2011

[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 Wednesday, March 30th

With few exceptions, people drive from attraction to attraction in Joshua Tree. Campsites tend to have a ‘local’ thing to do or see, but much of the cool stuff is more than a casual walk from any campground.

The Boulders and Climbing Here Are Awesome

The Boulders and Climbing Here Are Awesome

The RV isn’t terribly fuel-efficient and it’s no fun to stow things every morning, so we’ve taken to hitching our way around the park. Finding rides has been so easy – never taking more than a couple of minutes – and people here are so friendly. Getting places with a ride isn’t too complicated considering that there are only two main roads in the park, one north-south and the other east-west.

We even got a ride with the head of maintenance for the National Park Service, who wavered at first but decided to give us a lift. (It wouldn’t have been great had he been caught with non-employee passengers.)

Ayo In The Back Of Someone's Truck

Ayo In The Back Of Someone's Truck

Note from Ayo to parents:  Just about everyone in the park falls into the camper/hiker/climber category or family vacation category.  We do understand that not all people are good and we likely would not hitch rides in a city – breathe out.

A Cool Joshua Tree Near Our Camp

A Cool Joshua Tree Near Our Camp

A More Normal, Yet Still Dr. Seuss-like Joshua Tree

A More Normal, Yet Still Dr. Seuss-like Joshua Tree

posted by yair

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3 responses

3 04 2011
matt

You guys are awesome!! So cool!!

3 04 2011
Pidge

I bet that is not something that maintenance man sees everyday. It’s great that he gave you the ride. Beautiful park.

3 04 2011
jayhorowitz

I’m not sure that he would have stopped had he thought we were hitching. His first concern when he stopped was to make sure that we were okay and had enough water. (It’s HOT there.)

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