We drove in late Sunday afternoon, and while Dad took care of emptying our tanks at the dump station, the rest of us went for a walk.
It was a beautiful evening. A gentle breeze blew, birds chirped, and an occasional rabbit bounded through the brush. There’s something special about being in a remote park, away from outside distractions and cell-phone signal.
After walking on the rocky trail, and a bit of exploring, we headed back to the bus. We enjoyed God’s creation as we sat outside and talked. That evening, after Bible and prayer time, we went back outside to do some star gazing. It was quiet, with only the occasional sound of other campers talking.
I have never seen so many stars spread through the vast expanse of the sky. It was unbelievable and awe-inspiring. Joseph captured it in some incredible pictures.
The next morning, at seven, we girls and Dad and Mom went on a hike. Near the beginning, there was an incredible grove of stately palm trees nestled together. We continued our trek with the end goal of the Lost Palms Oasis. The scenery consisted of piles of rugged rock, Joshua trees, mountains, a lake in the valley, desert bushes, and intense-looking cacti. We followed the sandy path, keeping an eye on our time. We walked up rock-steps, along ridges, through rock “hallways,” and over hills. Finally, we reached the top of one hill, and there was the Lost Palms Oasis, which consisted of two groups of palm trees. It was a rewarding view and accomplishment. We grabbed some pictures and set back for the bus at a brisk pace.
What a special treat it was to stop at Joshua Tree National Park. We treasure those times together.
“Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day,
and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night,
which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar;
The LORD of hosts is his name:”