A few days before I left California I started getting anxiety. Had I spent my time wisely? Did I do something new and exciting? Was I going to go out with bang?
One of the problems about being a perpetual traveler is that not everyone else has as much time on their hands to explore. Most of my friends actually have lives. They have day jobs, lucrative businesses, errands to run.. they've got stuff to do of substance. I don't. And I am not bragging. I would love to be busy and have a lot of things to do. There is something very valuable about having a place in this world.. a sense of responsibility. But the truth is, I don't. So I feel my time is spent most wisely experiencing the world.
What was I going to do to make this trip end well??
Ah ha, I had a like-minded friend. He too wanted one last adventure before leaving California. Minutes after our conversation I packed up my bags and headed out. We were going to Joshua Tree National Park. I've never been. So you can imagine I was quite excited about this spontaneous expedition. I have a certain wonderment and awe about the desert and it's beauty.
And so we rolled up, set up camp, and explored. There are some pretty amazing rock formations and colors that form throughout the day in the park. I also had quite a few unfortunate encounters with Teddy Bear Cholla. They got me good. We did some moderate hiking and I impressed myself by scaling up some pretty hairy areas. Not even Brent, my gentleman friend, wanted to chance the wall or the potential fall. I kept saying, "I don't know if I should be doing this. I don't have medical insurance." Hah. And of course, there is truly wisdom in the Yucca Joshua Trees.
It was quite a lovely way to end my California trip..
..at Joshua Tree.