The abbreviated story: We decided 90 minutes before we left that Saturday would be a good day to camp overnight at Joshua Tree. So we loaded up the truck and hit the road …
We arrived near the end of the afternoon. Drove around a bit.
Climbed around a bit.
I couldn’t get Dog Dude to smile at the camera, because he was fixated on the other dudes…
We saw a gorgeous twilight sky …
And then did our best to find a wind-protected campsite so we could start a fire and bbq our dinner. Mission: Failure. And the wind and the sheer C.O.L.D. made the decision to blow off bbq dinner a pretty easy one. We retired to the truck for a dinner of Powerbars and an early bedtime.
When we awoke (and I use that term loosely … methinks none of us slept), this is the scene that greeted us:
I left the truck in 15 minute increments to explore for as long as I could before my fingers started stinging.
It was gloriously beautiful outside. And COLD. Have I mentioned that fact previously?
We drove to the Western end of the park where the sun was shining and the wind wasn’t blowing. And there Big Dude made us all a scrumptious bbq breakfast. Yummm…. coffee and bagels never tasted so good.
and hit the road to go home. Because one night in the COLD is more than enough.
#3. I left all sorts of “distracting elements” in the picture. (in this case including the suggestive Guild Wars babe, the fish food, the tacky plastic cup, the fish tank, the Teen’s current school book, Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People, and the hanging electrical cord from the reading light above).
#4. I’m being intentional about exploring b&w more …
#5. Despite all those “distracting elements”, still capturing pretty cute images of Littlest Dude as he focuses on his game of choice for the day. :-)