Another race for the sunset
Trip Start Mar 16, 2011
11Trip End Mar 27, 2011
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Since I so desperately had to go to Joshua Tree, we had to go there from Arches, and then on to pick up the car. This meant many hours of driving across 4 states! It was a beautiful drive for most of the way, so I'm not complaining about that. What I am complaining about is the fact that we didn't make a reservation for a campsite!
The short time that I had been in Joshua Tree before, we had rolled in at sunset and just found a spot to camp in one of the best campgrounds. That was Summer, what I thought was the busy season, so I didn't see the point of reserving anything in the Spring
I thought we might have just enough time before sunset to set up camp, and then I could take some sunset pictures. We ended up driving through the park during sunset (again!), passing all of the full campgrounds along the way. Then we drove to a park campground at a separate entrance that was so far out of the way.
At this point Dave was annoyed and I was determined. At the very least, I was going to get my star pictures that I had planned to take here. So, we set up our tent with much difficulty due to the extremely gusty winds, and Dave made my dinner while I started taking some pictures. He wanted to be sure that I get some good pictures if I was putting him through another uncomfortable night of camping!
It was cold and windy, but I didn't feel any of that while I took my pictures. Occasionally, I feared that a rattlesnake would strike as I stumbled close to some bushes in the dark. The only animal we saw was a Kangaroo Rat. It was so cute! I wish I had gotten a picture, but I was already set up with two cameras aiming at the sky. I had some dinner and Dave went to sleep. I kept shooting until I was happy with at least a few shots. Then I went off to bed where I finally started feeling the freezing cold!