2016 Joshua Tree New Year
Happy 2016 everyone! Our annual New Year Joshua Tree expedition was another memorable one!
Joshua Tree! I’ve been spending the New Year in Joshua Tree for more than 10 years now. Check out our Joshua Tree trip from 2015 ! Langdon was just a papoose!!!
The only time I missed Joshua Tree for New Year’s was when I was trapped in Canada awaiting my immigration papers. It’s about a 3 hour drive from my parent’s home. We arrived at our Airbnb in the middle of the night. The next morning when Langdon walked outside he was like, “But hark, what new planet is this that I have happened to step foot on???”.
Poor Pacific Northwest baby is like, “What. The. Hell.”.
We ran, played in the dirt, chased a desert hare…pretty much our idea of a kick ass time.
After eating breakfast + getting our fannies in gear we met up with our dear Canuck friends who DITCHED ME. I’ll explain. Once I moved to Canada they were like “we are high tailing out of this place” + THEY MOVED TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!!!! WHYYYYY?????!!!!! Anyways my misdirected emotions stems from sadness because I miss them + jealousy because they totally love living in Cali + I REALLY MISS CALIFORNIA.
HAHAHA!!! I know what you’re thinking – don’t freak out! Jeff was holding onto him from behind! People on the trail were spazzing out like, “OH MY DEAR GOD, THAT BABY!!! IT’S UP THERE ALL ALONE HOWEVER DID HE GET UP THERE???!!!”.
It looks really serene + calm but behind me was like A HERD of people. Joshua Tree has gotten insanely crowded over the years. The line to get into the park took forever. And all the parking areas for the hiking trailheads were so jammed packed people were waiting for spots. Oh + the horrible hipsters taking fashion selfies??? Don’t get me started.
After our long day we all had dinner together, listened to Spotify + called it quits. We know how to party.
The next morning Lang + I hung out waiting for dad to wake up. Check out our posh Airbnb – the Saguaro Hideaway Guesthouse.
There’s lots of antique shopping to be done in Yucca Valley but there’s no way in hell I’m taking a grabby toddler into a shop full of breakables! FORGET about thrifting. Every store has been completely picked over by the hipsters. When I was young it was a goldmine! Now – nothing.
Lang napped in the car + we headed to 29 Palms. It’s a half hour drive from Joshua Tree where there’s a second park entrance. There is a huge marine base located in 29 Palms. This picture pretty much sums it up.
Tattoo parlors, barbers specializing in military cuts, oriental massage parlors (*ahem*).
Sort of. Lang + I went to sleep at 8pm. I woke up before midnight, then Jeff + I went outside before twelve. It was hella cold but it was amazing being under the night desert sky wooping + blowing our horns to ring in the New Year!
God, I love the desert. I appreciate the forest of the Pacific Northwest, but I have always been + always will be a desert girl.
I make the pilgrimage to the site of Gram Parson’s funeral pyre on every visit. What?! A cremation in Joshua Tree?! It’s too long to explain so I’ll have Wikipedia do it for me. Click to read about Gram Parsons. It was really strange, usually the rocks are colorfully painted, there are flowers + offerings. But on this visit just a simple RIP G.C.P.
It’s pretty cool because this year having a toddler in tow, we went on walks that I’ve never done before. They were simple + easy but still so damn gorgeous!
Langdon walked the loop FIVE TIMES. Some adults were huffing + puffing up the incline. This little desert rat is a trooper – he could have walked it a dozen more times! Here he is displaying typical toddler behavior:
“GO ‘WAY!!!!!” he’s screeching at me.
Jeff looks like Waylon Jenning’s long lost brother.
What a full day of activity, fun + nature! We all slept like rocks that night!
It’s been there for as long as I can remember. I always make a point of going in whenever I visit. Man, I could live in the desert forever. It has always felt like home to me. I hope everyone’s 2016 has gone off to a great start! Until next time!!! Thanks for coming along!