[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 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.)
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.
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