What better way to welcome the crazy 100F summer heat, other than a post about a place where the sun just does NOT play… The DESERT.
Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most photogenic desert oases I’ve been to!
Known for its whimsical trees and fascinating boulders, Visiting Joshua Tree is like jumping into a page of a Dr. Seuss book!... Literally! These trees inspired the Truffula Trees in Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.
Spanning about 800,000 acres, Joshua Tree National Park is where two desert ecosystems meet—the Mojave and the Colorado.
The Mojave is considered the high desert, sitting at above 3,000ft in elevation, this is where you can it’s iconic giant Joshua trees and massive rock piles that are just absolutely photogenic to say the least.
The Colorado, on the other hand, is the “low desert” which thrives at 1,000ft. Much less vegetated than the Mojave, it is flatlands than are in sparsely forested. With temperatures being at higher ranges, it is much less forgiving to vegetation, other than the occasional cactus garden.
And driving through this national park, you will be surprised of the abrupt transition between the two dessert ecosystems. It was pretty cool to see this, if you ask me :)
As much as I love to travel, one thing people don’t really know, is that I actually dread it as well. Yup. The traveler has travel anxiety.
Statistically, we know that flying is the safest form on transportation. Hence the reason as to why there is such much taboo about this topic. And it is something I’ve been quite hesitant to write about, but then I thought to myself “Heck, you experience this EVERY TIME you travel, why not talk about it?”
It’s something that, no matter how many times I do it, how well each flight goes, there’s this one little trigger in my mind that tells me that shit MIGHT just go wrong.
I, for one, have been told that “you’re fine. It’s all in your head.”
Take note people: this is the WORST thing you can say to someone having a full-blown panic attack 10,000 feet in the air.
So I am here to break those barriers for those who do experience this, just like I do. Or if you don’t, hopefully to help open your mind in ways to understand those who do experience this fear and how to help.