Happy Sunday all! As we wind down the weekend over here and prepare for Thanksgiving, thought that we’d share about our trip up to Joshua Tree National Park that we took last weekend.
Joshua Tree Nation Park covers roughly 790, 000 acres of land, covering parts of both the Mojave and Colorado deserts. Much of this land is set aside as wilderness, meaning that there are no roads, no buildings or signs (except where necessary to preserve life or natural resources), and permanent evidence of humans are not allowed.
The park is gorgeous. What more can I say? The sky is clean and bigger than I can remember seeing it anywhere else. The plant and animal life is more diverse and interesting than I ever thought a desert could support (the park’s website states that it contains: 813 higher plant species, 40 reptile species, 41 mammal species, and 240 bird species…wowza.)
Having grown up near the Smoky Mountains National Park, I can attest to how great the National Park Service is. The NPS is celebrating their Centennial this year, so it’s a great time to go and check out your nearest park. They’re a fantastic time and an important conservation program, not just for land, but for the thousands of species that depend on these environments the parks protect. So please, go visit, enjoy, and support our parks in any way you can. (They have a great volunteer program!)
*This is an old shirt Josh has had since middle school and they don’t seem to sell them anywhere anymore.