Saturday, March 26, 2011
Road trip to Joshua Tree National Monument
I have given myself the gift of a road trip to one of my favorite places on earth: Joshua Tree National Monument. It's about 225 miles from Santa Barbara, but driving through the park, you might think you were on Jupiter.
Coasting the winding two-lane highway of Joshua Tree, and seeing the fantastic and out of this world rock formations—set in a landscape of endless space—transports me to a different realm. And then, there are the Joshua trees with their contorted branches twisting skyward. And the air too is extraordinary, light, pure and free of pollution.
As I walk across the pristine soil of the park, and hear the sun-washed sand crunching beneath my feet, I realize my words have disappeared. I seem to have left them at some lower elevation. And I miss them not one whit as I bask in the fullness of this open and wonderous terrain.
* Click (or double click) on the first two photos below to enlarge them and find the rock climbers :)