Joshua Tree feels like a different planet. Seemingly out of nowhere, these bizarrely shaped trees appear followed by a random assortment of rocks, all strangely round and plopped straight in the middle of the desert. It is a bit harsh to look at, yet it's astonishingly beautiful. Though it's a popular destination this time of year, it still has that desert feeling - empty and lonely and wonderful. Well, at least to me! I made a super legit fire (if I do say so myself) and did some star-gazing. You're kind of stuck with that activity when you go camping by yourself and you forget your music and a book AND you finish your dinner by 7pm. Also, I forgot s'mores materials. Who does that?!?

(Click on the image to see full quality, still troubleshooting why they're showing up a bit pixelated...)

I'm from Colorado originally and I took stars for granted when I lived there. Now that I've lived in Los Angeles for 6 years, I barely look up at the sky at night because I know it's the same - dark and dull, something like blackout curtains. All it takes is a quick trip to the desert for a little perspective. Once you look up, you get stuck, eyes bouncing from one star to the next. It's mesmerizing, not to mention incredibly sparkly, and anyone who knows me knows I LOVE sparkly things. 

Joshua Tree and camping in general always reminds me that we are just specks in the universe. I spotted this quote a few years ago, and I don't know who it's by, but I think it perfectly sums up the perspective stars can provide when you get out of the confines of the city.

"You’re a ghost driving a meat-coated skeleton made from stardust, riding a rock, hurtling through space. Fear nothing." - Anonymous

Mornings in Savannah-world are usually chaotic, and camping is no different. Yet somehow, chaotic mornings are so peaceful when I'm camping. My ears revel in the light sounds of breezes and the occasional bird, and my lungs take in the crisp, clean air. Every time I go camping, I'm like, "oh, this is what it feels like to breathe...". 

It's important to keep up appearances in the desert. I make sure I take care of myself, and of course my fashion is always on point. 

Case in point.

Don't forget an epic hike or two while you're there! And to get in some solid rock climbing. 

Until next time, Joshua Tree. Thanks for the fresh air and little bit of perspective. Thanks for the reminder to fear nothing. 

XOXO,

Savannah

 

"You’re a ghost driving a meat-coated skeleton made from stardust, riding a rock, hurtling through space. Fear nothing." - Anonymous

 

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