A Note To The Fellow Thirsting Explorer

The Mighty  JTree
Sunset provides a colorful backdrop to the silhouette of a Joshua Tree in Joshua Tree National Park. (Pierce Martin/ Flickr Creative Commons)

One day you’ll learn to take your time. You’ll learn that you don’t need to rush and that you don’t need to be the best at all things right away, without training or study.

One day you’ll learn your ideas don’t always have to be the most original. That there are others, say, who want to visit all of California’s National Parks, Monuments and State Parks to get a good feel of all the land has to offer. Moreover you’ll learn that just because someone else had a similar idea doesn’t mean it isn’t worth your own experience and interpretation of it.

One day you’ll learn. And maybe that one day will be an accumulation of several fleeting moments. Little whispers that float through your brain as fast as sound until they create a catchy little song you can’t forget.

For now, you still find you’re so often in a race against yourself. Something’s there to do, and you want to do it now, as fast as you can. There’s no time to wait. No time to think. And honestly no time to enjoy the process.

One of Joshua Tree’s two by-reservation campsites are booked until September/October. I haven’t even looked at the other. I’ve not been to the park and wanted to visit before my Adventure Pass expires in July. I’m a big fan of BLM, its lack of manufactured picnic tables, the freedom to poop in the ground, and being away from the hustle and bustle of other strange humans. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned about National Parks it’s that staying in them is really the best option when looking to maximize and experience quality time with the land and its offerings.

I felt the adrenaline rush through my system as if I were running from a mountain lion. NO AVAILABILITY? Briefly, my life depended on visiting that park and I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it with a record number of visitors likely taking up all the BLM spaces available even outside the park. ” expect long lines at both the West and South entrances. Be prepared to drive through the park and find other accommodations,” the park’s website warns.

But the truth is that Joshua Tree isn’t going anywhere. It’s not a place under the review of Trump. The park will be around to explore for years to come, as will I.

One day, I’ll learn.


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