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A Series of Unfortunate Events

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I have had so many amazing, beautiful, perfect experiences, but it’s the imperfect ones-- the truly disastrous ones-- that are the most memorable and often the most humorous. They become funny in their absurdity, funny in their improbability, funny in the confluence of events that can, thankfully, never all happen at once again. The lines “we’ll laugh about this someday” and “but think of the story you’ll have” really do apply and I always try to remind myself of that when things are epically melting down.  Continue reading »
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Camping in Joshua Tree

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In my last post I mentioned that Joshua Tree National Park has nine campgrounds, which are all available on a first-come, first-served basis, and when we visited the park on Friday and Saturday all nine were full. We arrived again on Tuesday and a couple of the campgrounds were crowded but we had a few options in the Jumbo Rocks campground. Many of the spots are close together, so we chose one that had a bit of separation from the neighbors, put our “reserved” sign up, and went out hiking to watch the sunset. sun flare through rocks Joshua Tree National ParkJoshua Tree National Park at sunsetSun flare in Joshua Tree National Park lighting up a cholla cactus Continue reading »
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Hiking in Joshua Tree National Park

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Though the Wonder Valley turned out to have an appeal all it’s own, the reason we rented a house in Twentynine Palms, California was its proximity to Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree National Park Continue reading »
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Joshua Tree

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We drove through the Mojave National Preserve at sunset and into Joshua Tree, California in the dark.  We were excited for daylight when we would see Joshua Tree National Park. Sadly, the next morning Pearson's Mom passed away. As we made plans to fly back east, we took an hour and drove into the west entrance of Joshua Tree and I snapped these pictures. I was struck by its otherworldliness; a desert landscape filled with enormous boulder fields and valleys filled with joshua trees (yucca brevifolia). The whole experience was a blur and we said that someday we would come back. Neither of us had plans for when that day would be, I assumed it would years from now. But we were drawn right back here, to this warm and peaceful desert. Joshua Tree National Park Continue reading »
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Mojave National Preserve

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We drove west through Las Vegas and further into the Mojave.

We drove west through Las Vegas and further into the Mojave.

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