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Thailand: know before you go

I did a good amount of prep for this trip and your to do list will vary. I was up to date on most of the vaccines I needed so I didn't...

Thailand packing list

What you need to bring with you depends on the time of year you're going and what parts of the country you're visiting. I went during the...

The road to Thailand

My trip actually started the morning of November 16 and while I was excited, I also knew I had a full 24 hours of travel ahead of me. I...

All hail the queen!: Desert Queen Mine

Desert Queen mine is another quick hike to history. You can hike up the trail that overlooks the mine or take the slightly longer trail...

Valley Vista: Keys View

Keys View isn't a trail, but it is a cool pit stop and a nice break from hiking. Walk up a few stairs and you can see the whole valley...

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...Ryan Ranch

In 1898 miners Jepp and Tom Ryan decided to make their home in the Joshua Tree desert. They built an adobe house and a covered well in...

Dude, where's my horse?: Lost horse mine

Lost Horse Mine is one of the more challenging trails at Joshua Tree, but is definitely worth the effort. The origin story of the mine...

Feeling prickly: Cholla Cactus Garden

The Cholla Cactus garden is an instagrammers' and photographers' paradise with vast rows of cacti spread across both sides of the road....

Desert stock exchange: Wall Street Mill

There are no wolves on this Wall Street...just old cars and an old mill, which in my opinion are way more exciting than any wolves, bulls...

Nature's hole in the wall: Willow Hole

Joshua Tree has a lot of surprises. I was definitely not expecting to see as much lush vegetation as we did. Sure I expected some cacti,...

A true desert oasis: Barker Dam

Every desert has an oasis and Joshua Tree is no exception. Barker Dam stands out against the arid landscape with its pool of cool water...

So Much to Discover: Discovery Trail

Discovery Trail may not look like much at first, but you definitely shouldn't miss it. Discovery Trail connects the Skull Rock and Spilt...

Joshua Tree Desert Rock Show: Split rock

Joshua Tree rocks!...literally and figuratively. And yes you can cringe at that dad joke. Joshua Tree is a climber's paradise with trails...

Good eats: Joshua Tree Saloon

Even though we had a kitchen in our room at The Harmony Motel, we still wanted to get some local flavor. A couple we met at the pool...

Joshua Tree: Know before you go

Some tips and tricks to help you make the most of your time in this magical desert destination. I did some research before I went on this...

Joshua Tree packing list: the essentials

A list of what you'll need to beat the heat and stay warm and cozy in the ever-changing desert climate. Here's a list of some of the...