Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Camping Adventures Part II: Joshua Tree National Park

Okay, after getting Hazel's feet wet with a little beach camping, we couldn't refuse the offer to join friends in Joshua Tree National Park and get in some desert camping this summer as well.  Go ahead, play the U2 album in your head as you continue to read this post and view the pics. 

As you may, or may not, remember, last September was the first time I ever left Andrew and Tatum for more than night and joined old and new friends to camp in Big Sur for a weekend.  I joined up with friends I hadn't seen in 10 years since my travels and study in India.  Since that trip, the changes of life has brought one of my Indian friends to California so after not seeing Alex for 10 years, I am starting to see him a few times a year, and Joshua Tree was one of these trips.

Alex flew in from Oakland, we picked him up, packed up the car, and left for the desert to join eight more folks, only one of which I had met before, David.  David had traveled out the night before and secured three sites for the weekend.  We shared food, camp sites, beverages, laughter, and stories.  One of the families that joined us had two sons Fisher (5) and Bodhi (3), so Tatum was delighted to have playmates.  And Joshua Tree is the perfect place to play.  Jumbo Rocks provide a playground of imagination and physical challenges.  As you can see from the pics, this place is magical.

Jumbo Rocks under a full moon - our home for the weekend

The Three Campsites - that's our tent on the lower right corner

Sunset light on the rocks

Happy Campers

New Friends and New Adventures - it wasn't as steep as it looks...

Playing at Camp - notice the RV, that belongs to the boys and thier family.  Andrew and I are now convinced that is the best way to camp with young ones. 

Joshua Trees in Joshua Tree - Blue Skies

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