|The beauty that greeted us!|
The last couple of days we have driven to Joshua Tree National Park. Yesterday we went in by the farthest entrance (1.5 hours from the Airbnb) and today we went in through the southern end (30 minutes from Airbnb). Both days found us climbing rocks (in the designated areas) and finding ourselves in awe when viewing the expansive terrain and dreamy sunsets.
|Tiny cactus on a HUGE rock!|
|Yes...I see you.|
If you are at all familiar with the joshua tree cactus (a yucca) you know that most of the time they are small to medium in height. In the J.T.N.P. you are treated to many that reach 10-14 feet easily, but the tallest recorded at the park is 40 ft. (tallest anywhere was 80 ft). There were some with long sinular shoots that seemed to fall over once they reached a certain height.
When we entered through the northern entrance we immediately noticed what seemed like a forest on both sides. They were as far as the eye could see. From the other entrance however we only saw shrubs and bushy cacti for the first 45 minutes. The northern entrance is definitely more scenic. That was how I saw it. You might dig the fact that without the joshua trees in your line of sight enables you to see the mountains located east and west more easily. Oh, and the center has some funny exhibits located in a sparse room to the left of the door. The content uses clever wording to describe people who climb, hike, drive, camp, are dog owners, or carry their little ones in backpack style carriers while in the park.
|Myles says Hello!|
|Crazy cool seeing this there....|
|This is MY rock...!|
|The kiddos and I taking it all in.|
How did I rate the J.T.N.P.?
Rated 1-5 (with 1 being the lowest)
Convenience- 4.8 We usually look for a place that is under two hours from our Airbnb, so this fit the bill.
Cost- The price varies by whether you have a car or RV and whether camping or not. It is $20 per car. Making the most of your time there will leave you feeling as if you got your monies worth. Take toy time and EXPLORE!
Staff- 3.5 The staff greeted us but did not offer the pass set up they indicated by phone when speaking with Josh.
Trail- 4 They were not really marked well. It appeared as if the park has a relaxed approach which I like, however their method of signage is a little blurry.
I will be sharing more pictures from our visit on twitter (@HPWillTravel), instagram (haveparasolwilltravel), and facebook (www.facebook.com/haveparasolwilltravel)
Til next time,