This week has been great. A friend of mine has been visiting and we took a trip out to Joshua Tree National Park. I did not know how close it was to us and this was our first visit.
Joshua Tree is located about an 1 1/2 hours from Orange County. The best time of year to go is in spring when the Joshua Trees are blooming but we still had a great time in September. The weather was mild for this time of year...only 99 degrees! That's still hot for me. But as you can see, we still had a great time...
Two highlights of the trip were the Cholla Cactus Gardens. They look like they are something out of a Dr. Seuss Book.
Another great place to stop is the Cottonwood Spring Oasis. This is right near the south entrance of the park. The pictures do not do it justice. Imagine driving through the Colorado Desert, not seeing any greenery and then coming upon the oasis. It was pretty amazing to see.