Google-Earthed Cabo San Lucas before I went last year. "Ooooh, that rock arch looks neat, we should try to see that." We arrive on the scene with visual and experiential expectations unparalleled by earlier generations of tourists.
Joshua Trees are from the lily family and are related to yuccas. They are each one of-a-kind creatures--so uncommon and special, demonstrating individual personalities in the configuration of their bushy, pointy branches. They reminded us of saguaros in that regard. Their uniqueness shines like a beacon. Matt and I took a sunset stroll in the trees pointing out favorite specimens to each other. "Ooooh, look at that ginormous one! Awww, what a cute little guy over there. And that one is all droopy! Do you see the branch that looked like a bird face?"
the Saguaros the Joshua Trees were fascinating in all stage of life. They begin the journey up to the sun as a bushy little shrub that truly does look reminiscent of a yucca. As it matures the trunk is revealed, fronds growing ever higher toward that scorching desert sun. If conditions are right they become true trees with huggable trunks and very unusual configurations of branches extending overhead. The burros clearly hang in the shade cast by these pointy umbrellas, too, based on all the droppings. The largest--and presumably oldest--Joshua Tree we saw was so substantial it would have taken both of us to encircle the trunk with our arms. When the Joshua Trees die they slowly peel apart revealing their inner workings which are almost as remarkable as the living version. They droop and eventually fall to the earth to decay ever so slowly in the dry conditions. Life forms that have adapted to the desert so brilliantly are just astonishing to me. So dry, so cold, so windy, so hot in a perpetual cycle. Over and over and over again. What a world!
the tent. The water in our partial gallon jug outside froze overnight. The windows were layered with frost. Matt did sleep poorly being about two inches too tall for the sleeping arrangements, but otherwise we were very keen on the idea. We went to bed early and rose early to a thickly grey and overcast morning.