Our first night in Joshua Tree was not an easy one. 30+mph gusts of wind beat down our tent all night, making it extremely difficult to get any sleep. Every so often, a gust was strong enough to rip out the tent stakes (S would run out to restake them). Needless to say we didn't sleep much. Or at all.
One positive part about not sleeping however is that you're guaranteed to watch the sunrise! It's my favorite time of day in Joshua Tree and even more so now that I've experienced it at the Jumbo Rock Campsite. The colors on the rocks and skyline changed dramatically every five minutes changing from jewel tones to orange hues.
I quickly took the above pictures before running back into the tent to escape the sand and wind. It was relentless all morning and eventually our inability to sleep became so frustrating we had to get out. A co-worker of ours had recommended a few hikes in the Jumbo Rock campsite, but the wind/sand combo made hiking a no-go.
We decided to explore the Cholla Cactus garden instead, and I'm so glad we did! It was our first time seeing it (although we've been to Joshua Tree multiple times before).
Jacket: Thrifted in Joshua Tree four years ago!
Tank top: Spell Bryon Bay Wildchild tank
Next post: Leaving Joshua Tree early and driving into the night to Shaver Lake, CA