Camping and Hiking Joshua Tree

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Living in a big city can be chaotic at times and cause a lot of stress.  Every so often I try to escape the city and find somewhere peaceful to just sit and relax. I had heard so many wonderful things about Joshua Tree I knew I needed to check it out.  One weekend I packed up all my camping gear and headed out to Joshua Tree.  I left before rush hour so the drive was only about 2.5 hours, let’s not discus the traffic on the way back though!

Joshua Tree

I got there, checked into my camping site and was ready to go! Once I was all settled, I packed up my Camelbak backpack and was on my way!  I have to say, hiking by myself is intimidating at first, mainly because the potential creatures that I could have come into contact with.  The thought of running into a rattle snake or scorpion on the trail was a bit scary.  But after a while, when I came to grips with the fact that the paths weren’t covered in poisonous creatures I was able to relax more and enjoy my surroundings.

Camping Hiking Joshua Tree- California Travel I was out hiking for about 5hrs.  The hikes I went on were beautiful.  The silence of being away from all the noise of the city was the most relaxing.  If you do go hiking though, definitely bring plenty of water with you!  The highest temperature it reached was 95 degrees while I was there, which was incredibly hot.
Camping Hiking Joshua Tree- California TravelAfter I got back from my hike I made some lunch sat in my chair and relaxed, taking in the gorgeous view.  I must say the desert is very odd.  While I was sitting there, there was next to no breeze and all of a sudden I see a tent flying into the air in the distance, really high up.  For a while, I was sitting there laughing hysterically.   That was until all of a sudden huge gusts of winds (maybe 40mph) came gusting through the camp grounds.  I ran for the car while I watched everyone’s gear fly in every direction possible while my tiny tent struggled to stay upright.  Once that was over, I stepped out of the car and not a tiny bit of a breeze outside.   I am not sure if this happens all the time or it was just a weird occurrence but it was so crazy!
Camping Hiking Joshua Tree- California Travel
Camping Hiking Joshua Tree- California Travel
Camping Hiking Joshua Tree- California Travel
Camping Hiking Joshua Tree- California Travel
Camping Hiking Joshua Tree- California Travel
Camping Hiking Joshua Tree- California Travel
Camping Hiking Joshua Tree- California Travel
Camping Hiking Joshua Tree- California Travel

After sunset it was time to build a fire! I love campfires so much.  They’re so mesmerizing.  I came to Joshua Tree wanting to see all the stars in the night sky, but sadly that night it was covered mostly with clouds.  However, I was able to see some stars briefly and capture these pictures. I can’t wait to go back and check more of them out though!

Have you been to Joshua Tree?

Where’s your favorite place to escape to and relax?