New Years in Joshua Tree

New Years in Joshua Tree

This trip was just what we needed after a very busy month. Four days and threes nights. No schedules, no distractions, just us. We rock climbed, took afternoon naps (ok, maybe that was just me 😉 ) practiced our photography skills, read, did a little plein air, played board games and drank sparkling cider on New Year’s Eve. I think we just might make this a yearly tradition.

Details- Indian Cove campsite # 59

Pros- lots of shade. would be a great spot to stay in during the warmer months.

Cons- kangaroo rats. we had two adorable, yet persistent visitors each night.

 

Joshua Tree First Climbs

Joshua Tree First Climbs

We ended the year with our annual trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Almost the whole family made it out and the weather was perfect for an amazing weekend.  We camped in Indian Cove, away from the main park, which provides a more intimate experience for climbing and spending quality time together.

 

Everyone climbed and scrambled during the day, then gathered around the campfire after dinner for an evening of games and conversation. We even got my oldest girl on the rocks for the first time. She was a natural, fitting right in with her little sisters.  https://www.nps.gov/jotr/

 

The Great American Eclipse

The Great American Eclipse

We took the long drive to Rexburg, Idaho to view the solar eclipse in totality. Fortunately, my brother lives right in the path and we were able to stay at his home.

While in Idaho, we took advantage of the local sights in St. Anthony sliding down the steep sand hills at the Dunes, and the then bridge jumping at the Sandbar. It was a wonderful time, bonding with family.

The trip would not have been complete without stopping for some scrambling in Snow Canyon in St, George, Utah and the Seven Magic Mountains art installation in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Buckhorn Campground – Angeles National Forest

Buckhorn Campground – Angeles National Forest

Looking for a little adventure and a lot of relaxation, we opted to spend some time in one of our favorite little campgrounds off Angeles Crest Highway. Buckhorn Campground is a cozy little area within Angeles National Forest which provides access to hiking trails and  Cooper Canyon Falls.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/angeles/recreation/recarea/?recid=41690&actid=29