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Finding Mindfulness in Joshua Tree

Embarking on adventure in the desert of Joshua Tree, California

Like a lot of folks, I have been working from home since March 2020. It's been an evolution, and I've actually learned a lot about myself, as well as really appreciated my home.

However, I am an avid traveler and I have truly missed going out and seeing the world. I haven't gone far the last year plus, but made a few nearby road trips. I have also heard a lot about people moving to different locations, or even just working from an airbnb for a period of time. Last week, I decided it was finally time to try this, so I headed south to Joshua Tree, CA to get a change of scenery.

If you aren't familiar, Joshua Tree is located about 130 miles south of Los Angeles and is home to Joshua Tree national park. It has become a popular destination for its natural beauty and quaint sleepy town. The park itself is otherworldly and one of the most beautiful locations I have visited. It's also in the desert so you are treated to beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and of course star gazing.

I found a lovely airbnb and setup to work for the week, logging into zoom calls and staring at my computer. This earned me the treat of being able to head out to the park right after work and feel immersed by the expansive nature around me. It immediately calmed my mind; I felt clearer and I felt so grounded. I usually make time to disconnect from my workday and technology, but being able to step right outside and be in this amazing location resulted in immediate relief and mental wellness.

The week did fly by, but I am so thankful I got the change of scenery. I felt like I was able to think differently, get more creative, solve problems quicker, and connect with others on a deeper level.

Here are a few tips for your visit to Joshua Tree:

  1. Get outdoors! Seriously, spend as much time in the park as possible. It changes dramatically throughout the day, and there's plenty to see from your car driving through the park, hikes for all levels, and you can get up close and personal with the amazing boulders. PS. don't miss the stargazing!

  2. Plan ahead: When you are heading to the park, make sure you are prepared with directions and water (it is a desert after-all!). Also, this is a sleepy town, so plan ahead for things to close early. There are some amazing places to get food, including Dez Fine Food, Natural Sisters Cafe, and new places opening all the time! For a fun spot, check out live music and great photo ops at Pappys & Harrietts.

  3. Don't forget there are two entrances to the Park and both are worth seeing. You can even drive all the way through the park to see both entrances.

  4. Check out the vintage shops and art. This town is known for spiritual retreats as well as artists. Many artists sell and display their art everywhere. In town you can stop into many tucked away shops and outdoors patios filled with art. We loved meandering through the shops before we grabbed lunch.

  5. Lastly, in between snapping photos of your trip, practice some mindfulness. Take in the area and appreciate all that is around you. Stand still, and be present. Let the moment sink into your being, and into your memory. It will make looking back at those photos even better, I promise!

That's it for now. I hope you plan to get out and enjoy a change of scenery no matter where you are, and maybe sometime get to Joshua Tree, CA. If you have a favorite place to visit, leave a comment. I'm always looking for new locations on my travels!

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