Monday, 3 October 2016

Road Trip Part 1: Joshua Tree National Park, California

Cactus in Joshua Tree National Park, California
As you probably already know if you follow me on Instagram, I've recently come back from a two week road trip around the western US, covering California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. Every Monday for the next couple of weeks (probably around 10-12 depending on how I split up a couple of the later posts) I'll be posting a little update on some of the things that we got up to whilst there.



Tree in Joshua Tree National Park, California
Joshua Tree National Park, California, was our first stop. This area really confused Chris, who had never been to the US before. His expectations of California were much greener and scenic, and so he wasn't expecting his first impressions to be of such a harsh landscape!

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Car in Joshua Tree National Park, California
  We went to Joshua Tree with very limited knowledge, as for whatever reason, Joshua Tree just isn't a particularly popular one to visit. You just can't find the information that you can on other parks as it doesn't attract the fans that other parks do - despite that, Joshua Tree ended up being one of our favourites.

Rock formation in Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park, California
Joshua Tree is a park that you drive around in yourself. There's no need for shuttles or anything like that, just head off by yourself. As mentioned, it just isn't that popular a park, and therefore pretty much everywhere we went we were on our own and could go for ages without seeing another car or person.


Joshua Tree National Park, California

It's a bit of an odd place, as the map you get contains the main sights, however there are frequently signposts alerting you to something of interest there. However, there is never any indication of what exactly it is! Sometimes you'll find an interesting rocky area like the one shown here, sometimes a bit of information, sometimes a particularly tall tree!






Bee warning sign in Joshua Tree National Park, California
Bees were a problem. You were asked to turn your air con off whenever within about ten minutes of where the bees were currently swarming. The bees were actually completely non aggressive, but you definitely noticed which cars had turned their air con off and which ones hadn't - in a car park of about six cars, one car was being completely swarmed by them!

Cacti in Joshua Tree National Park, California



It was such a hot day here, but because most of the day was spent in the car it wasn't that bad. Apart from a quite small one we didn't do any hikes so I don't know how bad they would have been to do.



Joshua Tree National Park, California


We stayed in the gateway town to Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms. This was a pretty little town, full of artwork and other quirks. It was a very friendly area and it was a shame we didn't have time to sample more of the food options. As we had a first timer to America with us, we went to Dennys instead as Chris needed introductions to all of the food chains - but we actually don't regret this either, as Dennys is delicious!

Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park, California




Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park, California

Part two moves us on to Arizona, where we explored Scottsdale and Fountain Hills!
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