Joshua Tree

After 7 years of marriage Mike and I have learned a few things about how we function best. Well, at least Mike has. Our neighbor, Robin and her daughter Lilly were camping in Joshua Tree for a week and invited us to join them at any point during their time. We really had a pretty busy week, but have been itching to camp and see Joshua Tree. If Mike has said, "Let's do it! Wednesday night! We'll leave early in the morning, stay the night and come back after supper on Thursday. It won't be a big deal. We'll keep it simple!"...if he had said that, I would have immediately started stressing about the planning (because we all know that camping is a great big fat hassle that is totally worth it, but a stinkin' lot of work). BUT he said, "You know, I'm not completely sure we should go, but if we are going to do it we should leave in the morning. Let's just act like we are doing it and head in that direction until we are derailed and decide it isn't the thing to do." I started making pasta salad for supper and protein bars for hiking and piling clothes on the bed (which I almost didn't even pack because I figured we would just wear the same thing both days). It was stress free! And we made it!Desert camping is different than East TN Mtn. camping. It's own kind of beautiful. I love it!
Mike went out for a dawn walk and met some friends. We heard them a lot during the night.
It was a hair chilly morning and evening, but HOT during the day - desert camping. Those tall trees with the green bunches on top.
Three climbing partners. Terra was camping beside us.

Can't explain this pose. I just called her name and she struck a ballet move.
She's hooked. They loved climbing. You wouldn't believe the stuff people do out there. Robin's friend who joined her the day we left has been climbing out there since he was a kid. He did climbed close to 200 feet without gear. In fact, if you scroll back up to the first picture, it was the big rock in the background.

Cant' wait to go back! The kids slept great in the tent! Now that we finally have them all camping ready, we are starting back a square one with another baby. Oh well.

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