Yesterday was day 3 of our 4,500 mile Epic Road Trip- Our Late Start to Summer.

We arrived the night before in Joshua Tree, California. We shared a very cool, artsy rental home located just a half mile from the entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. This home was rented from http://www.airbnb.com

Yesterday we got an early start to our day, as temperatures rose over 100 degrees. Hiking in the desert isn’t pleasant after 10:00 am, so we hiked in the earlier morning hours, prior to 10:00 am. We hiked Skull Rock, which came as one of the highly recommended hiking location. It surpassed my expectations. Visitors can climb these massive rock locations and it is amazing! The kids had a blast and the views all over the park were impressive. The park is know for huge rock formations and of course Joshua Trees.

The Joshua tree

Here are some photos from our hike and info from the National Parks Service Website:

 

Joshua Tree National Park is big. It is where the Colorado desert meets the Mojave desert. There are miles and miles of scenic paved roads in this National Park which makes it easy to capture the essence of this exotic and amazing Park. It is a cool place! A little hot in July, but that’s to be expected with a desert in Southern California.  I can see why several people have told me this is their favorite National Park.

Here are photos we took while on the scenic drive: