Camping in Joshua Tree National Park with Cal of Boardwalk to Eden

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I am so excited that this past weekend’s camping trip not only coincided with a meteor shower, a holiday weekend, and Joshua Tree National Park’s 75th anniversary, it was also the end of National Parks Week!

This weekend was planned months ago with Cal, Justine, and a few of their friends planning on meeting up with me and Boyfriend in the desert. Justine wasn’t able to make it–maybe next time!

While I was checking in, Cal walked into the ranger station, banana in hand. We made quick plans on meeting up at our campsites (adjacent, of course!) to plan a mid-day hike in the main part of the park.

Somebody forgot her hiking boots, but we managed to go on a mile-long nature hike with pit stops for scrambling and photo taking.

Boyfriend and I were able to get a few more miles in later in the day. While the sand made for a major workout for my legs, it only reminded me that I really need trekking poles. We had hopes of doing more mileage this weekend, but we only had so many hours of daylight left and the wind was starting to pick up.

Once we got the fire going (it’s under control, the wind just makes it look terrifying in this photo) thanks to Cal’s forethought to bring a duralog and no thanks to the crazy wind, we had a little jam session that also involved some poetry reading. It was great!

That evening, we managed to make dinner (veggie burgers and taco bar!), roast marshmallows, and keep our eyes on the sky for meteors. A few of us were able to see some, but not as many as we hoped.

The wind picked up again that night–I’m happy I remembered to pack ear plugs this time! Our little tent was getting rocked by the wind so we ended up moving the car in front of it to block some of the wind. 

Boyfriend and I woke up early and were able to break camp pretty quickly–even with me unpacking the car just to repack it. I jokingly hid some eggs in a Joshua Tree, but he wasn’t into putting his hand in danger ;)

I am loving all these meetups with local bloggers :) Especially when we explain to others how we know each other.

What did you do this weekend?
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  • camille yanair April 26, 2011, 3:04 am

    that looks like so much fun!! there’s no good places to hike around me!

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  • shannon*bear April 26, 2011, 6:28 am

    Oh man, those photos are so lovely, Kam! I love fires like that, everything tastes better over a fire. We spent Easter in the woods too. My dad and I photographed a few rare flowers and we all took a long hike with the dogs – I spent most of my time in the creek though because that’s just how I roll :] Thanks for sharing this!

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  • Cat April 26, 2011, 8:47 am

    The scenery is breathtaking…oh, how I want to be sharing stories around a campfire right now!

    xx Cat brideblu

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  • jo_annie April 26, 2011, 8:48 am

    Looks like FUN! Haven’t been camping for awhile– you’re inspiring me to get out and do it!

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  • justine. April 26, 2011, 11:47 am

    jealoussss. all the california bloggers need to unite! we need to BASH IT UP.

    I may or may not have just had a lot of sugar.

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  • CaL April 26, 2011, 1:33 pm

    I had a blast! & yeah, I would NOT want to put my hand in that Joshua Tree for an egg. Me & Chelsea both got poked in the head while putting our tent up. Dag nabbit! Gosh we sound like beatniks! LOL. {jam session & poetry reading}

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  • Rachel W K April 28, 2011, 11:45 am

    Hey! New follower here, I also follow you on twitter :)
    Joshua Tree is a fabulous place, my parents and I used to go backpacking there all the time!

    -rwk
    rwkrafts.blogspot.com

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