I had a list of things that I wanted to accomplish while living in Los Angeles/ California. I was able to check many of them off, but there were a few I wasn’t able to get to while I was still a resident (guess I’ll just have to visit, right?). Joshua Tree was one of those illustrious places that had always been on my list – I had seen several photographers and influencers post content that they had created amongst the spiky trees of the park, but it wasn’t enough, I needed to go and experience it for myself. Fast forward to a couple weeks before the big move date to Denver and my friend Matt essentially said, “we are going, you are coming.” So, we all jumped in the car and made our way to the Jumbo Rocks campground.

Growing up in Maine, I’ve always had a deep affinity and respect for the natural world. I learned at a young age that a reverence for the ocean was important, that the sun makes everything just a little bit better (and brighter), and that slowing down to listen to what the Earth is telling us is the most important and peaceful thing you can do. Maine has such an abundance of nature but it is definitely different than the sprawling quiet of Joshua Tree. The massive rocks and expansive horizon speak a language of their own and it’s an absolute phenomenon. During our camping trip, we took a few hours to hike and explore the “jumbo rocks.” Besides taking in all of the physical beauty of the park, this experience was so needed for me on a spiritual level. I was on the cusp of another huge life change and dealing with a lot of internal and external strife. I sat on one of those rocks and took it all in – a lot of emotions came up for me. I cry pretty frequently but this cry was so different. I was alone, if even for 15 minutes, just thinking and letting it all hit me. It was difficult, but it was so so needed. Now, looking back on this moment, I realize how pivotal it was in the grand scheme of my life. I didn’t decide on anything major but just allowing everything to slow down and sink in was so life changing.

Beauty and grandeur aside, Joshua Tree was a fantastic time. Exploring nature, camping with friends, and enjoying something outside of the mega-metropolis that is Los Angeles was just what I needed and a welcome change of pace. Have you ever had a moment like this? With nature or otherwise? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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