Visiting Joshua Tree National Park is like visiting another planet! There are so many amazing boulders, rock piles, old mines, trees and desert plants and animals there. I think it is funny when John Carter wakes up on Mars and he thinks he is still in the desert. We had such a blast climbing the rocks and boulders and taking pictures. The park is named for Joshua Trees or Yucca brevifolia, a member of the Agave family. “By the mid-19th century, Mormon immigrants had made their way across the Colorado River. Legend has it that these pioneers named the tree after the biblical figure, Joshua, seeing the limbs of the tree as outstretched in supplication, guiding the travelers westward.”
It was very hot when we were there-106-but we really wanted to see the park on our California road trip. Because it was so hot, it was not crowded at all. We got up early and went back to the hotel pool in the afternoon. Craig and I stayed at the 29 Palms Inn. It was a great base and right near the Oasis of Mara. I held the Old Frame 1 & 2 cabin and it had a private deck overlooking the Oasis! The restaurant there is also great.
I got several new National Park passport stamps in Joshua Tree. Next time we visit we may go when it is a little cooler and try to see Death Valley as well.