Hello!! I am so excited to share with you guys our pictures from our trip to Joshua Tree because they are breathtaking!! Joshua Tree was a last minute trip because we had originally wanted to go camping in Big Sur, but due to the weather, we figured “glamping” was a safer option. Kyle and I have never been camping together before so it was definitely something we wanted to cross off our list. Joshua Tree was the perfect location because it’s not too far from home and somewhere we both wanted to visit. I have not gone “camping camping” in almost 10 years so I knew things were going to be interesting! Kyle has been on an outdoorsy kick for the past few months so he made sure we had everything we needed. We had wanted to leave early on a Friday but didn’t end up leaving until around 2ish and didn’t arrive to the campground until almost 6 pm. Of course, by that time, it was already dark and the campground we wanted to stay at was practically full. We drove around for about 30 minutes before landing the most perfect spot! Overall, it was just a really fun trip. This was something we both really needed! As much as I love my phone and internet, it was nice to be disconnected from technology for a few days and just connect with yourself and your surroundings!
We somehow managed to set up camp IN THE DARK!!! We wanted to have an early dinner so we can wake up early the next day. Kyle came prepared and got us dehydrated food from REI and let me tell you, IT WAS BOMB! Basically, they are prepackaged meals that are in these baggies and all you have to do it add hot water to it! My first meal was Honey Lime Chicken! SOOO GOOOD.
Kyle got up early and made us oatmeal and tea! OMG it was freeeezing! I had on so many jackets and my robe!!
We took a quick break for lunch and the view was so pretty! We both had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. These were the most convenient lunches for camping trips and mine was even more convenient! SMUCKERS!!
After our hike, we were so exhausted so we came back and took a nap. The weather was SO nice with a really nice breeze so we took the fly off of our tent and it was the most satisfying nap ever!
Okay, so Kyle wanted to go and climb this rock for more pictures but I literally was freezing my butt off so I stayed back. If you can find me, I'll give you a cookie. LOL
Dessert before dinner, of course. When we got back, Kyle started a fire before it got too windy. Of course, we made smores! Because, how can you not?! The temperature started to drop a lot and it got really windy at this point.
This was our last dinner in Joshua Tree and I had Honey Lime Zest pasta. It was delicious! This was probably better than a lot of pasta dishes at regular restaurants. We had dinner inside because it was so much more cozy!
Devouring our food because it was too good! After this, we played Bananagrams and of course, I won.
Our last day! Had to take a picture before we started clearing out. Seriously, such an amazing experience! Like I said earlier, I am constantly on my phone and it was so nice to be able to disconnect from technology for a bit. You’d be surprised at how relaxing it can be. You learn to appreciate what’s around you. I think if we had WiFi or service, it would have taken a lot away from the experience. We wouldn’t be able to enjoy each other’s company, appreciate nature and what it has to offer, or really enjoy every special moment. The feeling of being in nature and somewhere as pretty as Joshua Tree, is just so rewarding and relaxing. I literally didn’t have a single care in the world being there, well, except for the cold.
So..what did I get from this trip?
This trip was a real eye opener for me especially since this was when I wasn’t working and was stressing out about the future. Being outside and being away from technology really shows you how to appreciate and most importantly, enjoy the simple things in life. Living in the city, you’re always being surrounded by designer things this and designer things that. Of course, it’s always nice to have those things but in the end, will all of that really make you happy? Or would you rather enjoy life in the very moment and do spontaneous things? I admit that I get so happy and excited when I get something new but what I’ve noticed is that I get over it within a few days or after a month. I think after this trip, I have a completely different perspective on life. On our way home, Kyle and I talked about this book he read and how this man worked all his life to save up for retirement but he ended up dying before he could even retire. That right there is a great example of why you should seize every moment that you can and don’t wait it out. What I am getting at with this, is that, don’t overwork yourself for that extra money if you’re unhappy with it, because life is so much more enjoyable when you actually have the time to enjoy it with the people you love or the things you like to do. I think it is so easy to be consumed by money and working all the time and having nice things that we forget about all the other free things that life has to offer. I know this is SO cheesy but every bit of it is true. For sure, work hard and reward yourself but don’t forget that there’s more to life than that. Don’t rely on material things to be the main source of your happiness. Material things and money will come and go but being truly happy in that very moment with the life you live is a million times more rewarding. I think that was the biggest lesson I learned this trip. It’s amazing what you learn about life and yourself being away from technology. Haha! (BTW- this isn’t me telling you how to live your life, it’s just a little reminder of something we tend to forget as we grow up!)