Spring has finally arrived! And to reward ourselves for making it through a tough and seemingly never-ending winter, we needed a break. White sand and warm tropical waters were the first visions to come to mind, but we decided we wanted an alternative to Florida or the Caribbean. And so our finger kind of fell on the map of California.
Flying into Los Angeles to see friends for a few days, we wanted to explore as much of the area as we could. So after a few days in sunny LA, we headed out to Joshua Tree.
What an incredible landscape!
To experience it best, we booked into an amazing little cabin out in the middle of the high desert.
What a wonderful oasis it was when we arrived! Impeccably styled interior, with lots of homesteader charm – including a record player stocked with classic LPs.
What a surprise it was to see the desert in such a vivid state of bloom! Wildflowers exploded across the land in a rich palette of spring color. We even found plentiful patches of desert daisies. And of course the namesake Joshua trees dotted about in every direction. Quite a funny sight they are, with their twisty branches knarled out in all directions. They are actually not a tree or a cactus at all, but actually in the lily family!
We loved Joshua Tree National Park and were quite overwhelmed by how much of it there was to see. Far too much for us to see everything in a couple of days, but we hit the highlights – scrambling over the boulders, exploring its caves, and marveling at the lovely challa cactus garden.
There was so much to see and experience in this beguiling landscape.
But by far the best bit was enjoying some quality moments together as a family!
Check back soon to see our next stop – Palm Springs!