Posted Feb 17, 2019
Joshua Tree has been on my to-visit list for years, and despite the crowds, it did not disappoint.
I arrived early, I thought, on a Saturday morning in February. But when I pulled over the consult my map, I saw a near-constant parade of cars and trucks streaming in right behind me. So much for that.
Still, like most of the national parks I’ve been to, there’s something electric in the air, crowds or no. It makes me think about what the earth must have looked and felt like just a few thousand years and several billion people ago.
The trees at Joshua Tree are cool, of course, but the rock formations created a sense of place that I’ll never forget. I wanted to see more and soak the place up, but by midday the parking lots were annoyingly full of minivans, and I ended up heading back to Palm Springs for nachos and a margarita instead.
On my way back, the line of cars waiting to get in stretched on for more than a miserable mile.
I can’t wait to return someday and explore Joshua Tree properly — maybe on a Tuesday, or a Wednesday.