Joshua Tree – what a desert dream! Despite that we’ve been in LA for 3 years now, this was our first full trip there. Joshua Tree is a little farther out from Los Angeles then Palm Springs. The town has a very chill vibe as many famed musicians and creative people have places there. It’s tiny but you can still find an eclectic variety of people.

There are a few restaurants and bars (my favorite being Natural Sisters – killer smoothies!) but the main attraction is the National Park and the all the nature around it. It’s simply stunning! I can’t remember the last time I saw so many stars in the sky or slept so well as there was no noise whatsoever at night; it was intensely peaceful. We stayed at a friends’ casita that was available via Airbnb and spent most of our day hiking and exploring the park and relaxing at night. We also saw some of the Desert X installations in nearby Palm Springs – mainly the Mirage house. I am already plotting my next trip out there and have a visit to Pappy and Harriet’s noted as a must. What else should I do next time? Please share any tips in the comments below the post!

The Casita
The cutest kitchen – love this fridge in the Casita.
This is a Joshua Tree.
Saguaro cactus.
Rocks in Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree National Park.
Scenes from Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree National Park.
Caterpillars hatching!
Hiking in Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree National Park.
Joshua Tree National Park.
Rock stairs in Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree National Park.
Keys View point in Joshua Tree National Park.
Keys View in Joshua Tree National Park.
Eric and me at top of Keys View, Joshua Tree National Park.
Blooming cactus.
Mount St. Jacinto
Desert X Mirage
Mirage
Cabazon Dinosaurs