February 21, 2011

Living Spur of the Moment …

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 …

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We arrived near the end of the afternoon.  Drove around a bit. 

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Climbed around a bit.

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I couldn’t get Dog Dude to smile at the camera, because he was fixated on the other dudes…

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We saw a gorgeous twilight sky …

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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.

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When we awoke (and I use that term loosely … methinks none of us slept), this is the scene that greeted us:

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I left the truck in 15 minute increments to explore for as long as I could before my fingers started stinging.

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It was gloriously beautiful outside.  And COLD.  Have I mentioned that fact previously?

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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.

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With full tummies, we hiked around a bit …joshtree-485

and hit the road to go home.  Because one night in the COLD is more than enough.

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11 comments:

Katherine said...

How long a drive is that? You forgot to mention the bacon with the coffee and bagels...that looked like it was going to be pretty wonderful, too! I bet the Big Dude did it just so you could photograph early morning in the desert. He's sweet that way. Beautiful results!

Anita Johnson said...

Just AMAZING...glad you brought us along for the ride. (-:

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my goodness Susan! You guys are so adventurous!
I am glad you had fun! I felt cold just thinking about it! Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

Amy said...

It looks like a wonderful time--except for not sleeping well. We just went on a short trip and didn't sleep much the whole time.... Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

Michelle said...

GORGEOUS!! What a beautiful place. :)

The Animator's Wife said...

when I saw you were off to camp on FB I knew you would be in for an adventure, but never expected all this! You guys are troopers... and worth it all for the gorgeous pics. LOVE the breakfast shot. frame it and hang in your kitchen ;)

kbreints said...

Oh gosh, how could I pick a favorite? I love all your driving shots! So crisp and clear. The shadow shot is divine, and I love the reflections.... divine. all of it. What a fantastic trip!

Tracy P. said...

And BACON! Don't forget that. Everyone should have a coffee pot like that, because they make such cool pictures. :-) The moon/snow/cactus is amazing.

Presley family said...

Oh this looks like so much fun. We have been talking about going camping and this makes me want to, does that make me crazy. We have to stay close to home for Bubba.... beach camping. :)

Christina (fivewalkers) said...

Camping in the cold is no fun, unless you are in it for the adventure. :) You make it look beautiful, though!

Leslie said...

DYING LAUGHING....

your kids are good sports.. with you two crazy pair.