Thursday, May 19, 2011


Mel and I spent the evening with her family in Chandler, AZ and had a lazy relaxing morning at the pool before getting back on the road to Joshua Tree National Park. It was nice to have access to a real kitchen, showers, and a bed. We picked some fresh lemons, oranges, and grapefruits from the yard before heading out. It was hot, 98 degrees.

We arrived at the park entrance right before sunset. We saw a lot of jackrabbits and some kind of quails. Watching the sun set over the desert was awesome. We camped on BLM land between I-10 and the park entrance.

After setting up camp and cooking dinner, we went off adventuring into the night for a few hours. We encountered some kangaroo rats along with some other rodents and some crazy insects and spiders. It was cool to sleep in the tent without the rain fly on, we were able to see the stars throughout the night.

Due to being in the open desert, we had an early wake up call once the sun came above the horizon. We were hoping to wake up and go on a hike, but the sun was already getting too hot to handle. We are definitely not used to this kind of heat.

The desert landscape really intrigues me. I'm not sure if it's just because I was never exposed to it growing up or if it's because it's just so different from anything else.

 COMING NEXT: SW2011 Part 4: San Diego

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