Fred and I hadn't been up to Joshua Tree in a while (and Fred had not met Jessica's beau) so we decided there was no time like the present to take the two hour trip north.
We absolutely lucked out with the weather, considering it was January.
We camped at Jumbo Rocks; there is plenty of privacy and you can hike in any direction from the campground (unless you are Jessica and still recovering from a broken leg, of course).
On a random hill we stumbled across some petroglyphs.
Jacob made chile rellenos for dinner.
The next day we parted ways in the early afternoon so we could do another hike before heading back home. Once again we decided not to take a set trail but to wander.
Joshua Tree National Park is so unique. We spent much of the time not just wandering but wondering... why is it we don't spend more time here?
"There is nothing so American as our national parks... the fundamental idea behind the parks... is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in the process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us."