Saturday, January 29, 2011

Joshua Tree National Park


Last Saturday Amy, Meleah (yay for new friends), and I went DSC_0598to Joshua Tree National Park to go hiking for the day. Its not what us east coasters typically think of a park with trees, lakes, birds…etc; but it definitely had some gorgeous views. Pictures don’t really do it justice.  The park is home to the Joshua Tree, a tree unique only to the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts.  Along with these intriguing trees were beautiful rock formations and canyons strung throughout the entire park.




We spent the early part of the day walking through smaller paths and climbing the rocks, then headed to a longer hike which lead to Palm Canyon Oasis. We hiked through very rocky  but mostly flat and sandy land, but when we finally made it to the oasis, it looked like you hiked really far up.  It overlooks this beautiful oasis filled with palm trees on one side and the other side looks off into the distance over mountains and valleys for miles and miles. We didn’t get to enjoy it as much as possible because nighttime caught up to us too fast. Scared by the thought of not being able to find our way back in the dark, we quickly ran back in 1 hour the path that took us 2.5 hours to get up.  And thankfully made it just as the sun disappeared completely behind the mountains…



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