A Day in Joshua Tree National Park

Sunday, May 4, 2014

An afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park, California | Em Then Now When

We are so lucky to live within a day's drive of so many amazing places. One night this past week I randomly brought up that we should take a day trip out to Joshua Tree National Park this weekend. We woke up on Saturday morning and decided we should definitely do it!

Joshua Tree is only about 115 miles from home, which could mean anything from 90 minutes to three hours in SoCal traffic. Luckily we had a short trip there and back this weekend.

Pappy & Harriet's Pioneer Palace in Pioneertown | An afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park, California | Em Then Now When
Our first stop was Pappy & Harriet's, a popular restaurant and music venue located in Pioneertown, a small western town built in the 40's as a movie set. As if the history and novelty of this small oasis in the desert wasn't enough, their BBQ and iced tea makes me feel like I'm back in the South. (PS, Dan and Chelsea look extremely happy to be there, right?)

Pappy & Harriet's Pioneer Palace in Pioneertown | An afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park, California | Em Then Now When
After an amazing lunch we headed to the park. Chelsea and I made a similar trip this past fall when my friend Diana came to visit, but it was Dan's first time visiting. The frequent changes in scenery and landscape there are truly incredible. And who can resist hiking, climbing, and jumping around on those rocks!? Minus the threat of rattlesnakes and/or falling to your death, running around on the different trails and finding your way up the piles of boulders is a really fun way to spend your day.

An afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park, California | Em Then Now When

An afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park, California | Em Then Now When

An afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park, California | Em Then Now When

An afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park, California | Em Then Now When



A drive down Keys View Road in the park will bring you to a viewpoint overlooking the Coachella Valley, standing at 5,185 feet above sea level compared to Palm Springs, sitting below at only 150 feet above sea level. You can see all the way to the Salton Sea, and apparently when it's less hazy you can also see mountains in Mexico. You can also see the San Andreas fault line, just hanging out down below. I never really thought about a fault line as something you can see unless something catastrophic had happened (canyons, cliffs, etc,) but the effects of moving plates can clearly be seen here. Let's chalk that up to me being from the East Coast where we don't have many visible fault lines. (You can see the fault line in a photo below; it's the large, dark, horizontal line half-way through the valley.)

An afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park, California | Em Then Now When

An afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park, California | Em Then Now When

An afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park, California | Em Then Now When

An afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park, California | Em Then Now When
It really was a super quick trip, but I'd say it was a great way to spend our Saturday. I hope we can go back and camp there some time in the future; preferably when it's not so hot!

An afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park, California | Em Then Now When
An afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park, California | Em Then Now When
An afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park, California | Em Then Now When

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    1. Thanks Joke! I'm trying to make myself carry my camera around again. Won't lie, your "photo (or so) a day" project has been pretty inspiring :)

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  2. I'd feel like a child again if I had so many rocks to climb upon and jump off, haha. I'd have so much fun! The scenery looks absolutely amazing, and like nothing we have here in Europe. It's the reason I' d love to visit the USA :-) xo

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    1. Come on and visit! I love to play tour guide!

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