The next chapter on my epic America Southwest road trip is Joshua Tree National Park, located in between the Mojave and Colorado deserts. The place is literally famous for it's abundance of Joshua Tree's.
For those playing at home, the Joshua Tree got it's name back in the 19th century from a group of religious settlers who crossed the Mojave desert. They saw the trees and were reminded of a story in the Bible whereby Joshua was reaching up to the sky during prayer. Perhaps a cooler, more "native American" story exists... If so, please do share 🤠.
We drove through the park from South to North, which is about 45 miles long. Along the way you will find a huge variety of "exhibits" as they call them - scenic areas where you can explore the natural surrounds.
Our first exhibit was the Cholla Cactus Garden which was about 20 minutes from the park's south entrance. We stopped and were immediately drawn into the garden because they are just so beautiful. These cacti are known as the "jumping cactus" as they're incredibly sticky. You don't wanna get close, nor do you want to even brush your jacket or pants against them 😱.
Next we visited the giant boulders which are literally everywhere! I climbed to the top of a few and got some amazing photos of the park. I wish I could share them here 😀.
By that time I was pretty exhausted as the sun had literally cooked me alive 😅. We hopped back in the car and drove into Joshua Tree town for an ice cold shake and some lunch.
All in all, it was an incredible experience, but I'm sure it could easily be trumped by an overnight stay under the stars. This place is magical.
I really feel like this trip has been the ultimate "bucket list" holiday. And best of all, I wasn't even expecting it to be this incredible. If anyone is thinking about an American southwest holiday then please hit me up and I'd love to give you some good tips on how to make your trip awesome!