Joshua Tree, CA

Your deepest roots are in nature.  No matter who you are, where you live, or what kind of life you lead, you remain irrevocably linked with the rest of creation.  Charles Cook

We’ve been gone for awhile – so wanted to update you on where we have been. Stephen and I planned this trip with my sister a few months ago back in July.  Vacations have been pretty foreign to the three of us, most of our lives, because of our cultural backgrounds.  Our parents are refugee immigrants who came to the United States after the fall of the secret war (assisting as allies to the United States).  We grew up with very little to no ‘vacations’ due to budgets, finances, and responsibilities related to care taking. Over the years we compiled a list of bucket-list places we have feverishly wanted to explore in the United States.  This past week we officially started crossing off our bucket list items.

Location 1: Joshua Tree National Park

We camped the first night and stayed at a homestead (through AirBnb) the second night.  We decided to travel during Thanksgiving week because we knew that most travelers would be with their family (at home) and felt the weather would be perfect for hiking long periods.  We were right. The average temperature at Joshua Tree hovered around 40 degrees with a 50 degree high.  Camping was a bit difficult during the first night (freezing!) but the homestead was absolutely beautiful.  We were greeted with rain showers in the later evening, of our second night, but we were still able to capture the stars and our cabin. Stephen will post those night shots later via instagram!

The rain made traveling the next morning an adventure.  Have you ever been off-roading in soft muddled sand?!  If not, please make sure you have a calm passenger afloat, actually… scratch that. Wildishly  squealing passengers makes a great story a week later.

Miles of Trails Hiked at Joshua Tree: 4.5 miles (excluding camping, setting up, and photo trails)

Reminder: always respect natural habitats. Minimize water usage and do not leave harmful trash behind.

Waterproof sweaters: Columbia

Beanies: Columbia and Forever XXI

Socks: Nike Elites

Felt Sweaters: Columbia

Waterproof Hiking Boots: Columbia

Buffs and Hats: Saltycrew

Disclaimer: all photos were taken by stanglifestyle and belongs to stanglifestyle.  Photos should not be used without photo credit or watermark unless granted permission to do so.

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