Being surrounded by new environments is always exciting. Joshua Tree is almost like an alien landscape, especially to a girl that grew up in the temperate deciduous woods of New England. The soil is sandy, there plants are lower to the ground and much more menacing, and bulbous rock formations are scattered around the landscape. There is no refuge from the sun here; it relentlessly beats down upon the dry land and very little changes throughout the seasons (at least according to a girl that grew up with 4 distinct seasons a year). Yet this land is rich in beauty.
Our first evening here started off with me accidentally backhanding a cactus. After I got all the spurs out of the back of my hand we continued to find a camping space at White Tanks. This was where we spent the majority of the evening and a good chunk on the next morning. We climbed on top of the large round granite monoliths that evening until we found the perfect place to sit and watch the sunset. We hiked back to our campsite afterwords to make our supper and go to sleep so we could arise early to hike back out to some of our favorite spots to take some photos of me posing nude. Lucky for us we had about 2 hours or so to ourselves until we ran into other people hiking. The rocks I had so much fun posing on the night before now became my worst enemy. The granite was ice cold due to the cold night and my bare feet became so tender due to the rough texture of the rocks and sand. Regardless of my discomfort I had such an amazing time posing and taking self portraits. After throughly combing through the maze of granite for more amazing scenes we went back to our campsite to eat breakfast and pack up to explore the rest of the park.
Our next stop after White Tanks was Skull Rock, another white tank monolith that surprisingly has taken the form of a human skull. We explored the area and then drove to an old gold mine that snaked through the valley. Lastly we wandered through a field of Joshua trees snapping photos of different trees. Its amazing how one plant can look so different.
More to come,