I spent five days in the arid Southwest back in March to visit Jacqueline while she was living in Flagstaff, AZ. I'm not sure if it's the predictable weather (you always know what to expect), the barren lands dotted with whimsical prickly flora, or the vibrant colors that paint the skies and silhouettes when the sun rises and sets, but the desert is one of my favorite landscapes to experience. I flew into Phoenix, where Jacq drove 2 hours to pick me up like the good friend she is, and spent a couple of days in Sedona before driving back to San Clemente, CA. On our way to Southern California, we cut through Joshua Tree National Park and spent a night among the monzogranite rocks and under the clear desert skies.
Above: Joshua Tree National Park in the morning.
On our drive towards Joshua Tree, we passed through parts of the Sonoran Desert outside of Phoenix and stopped to take a few photos.
We arrived at Joshua Tree pretty late, maybe an hour before sunset. Kind strangers left us a last-minute prepaid camping spot, so we set up the Prius near two awesome Canadian families.