You may be in the quiet lull between the turkey tryptophan induced stupor or the muscle ache from the force placed on your hips, knees, and ankles from your post Thanksgiving hike! If you are able to-- relax and enjoy! If you are fortunate enough to be visiting our beautiful Joshua Tree area, you are fortunate indeed! As I was dishing up Thanksgiving pumpkin (in our family, birthday) pie, ice and whipped cream, I handed my guests the October issue of National Geographic and featuring "Unplugging the Selfie Generation," and turned to page 40's chart listing Joshua Tree National Park as the 12th most visited national park in the US--IN THE US! The fold-out intro page features a photo of the author and son atop Ryan Mountain--taking a selfie! And I recognized the vista as I finally made the 1 1/2 mile up--1000 ft climb two years ago.
The November weather is delightful-while some of the country endures blizzards, we bask in 60 degrees! Sunshine is pretty much the norm--some winter showers-- advancing as I write this!
Shops in Joshua Tree are gearing up for the holidays. Local artists have have creations of all sizes and to fit most budgets. Shops in Joshua Tree are open weekends: Gallery 62, Joshua Tree Art Gallery, Taylor Junction, I♥Joshua Tree and Sun Alley Shops. Saturday, December 10th is Joshua Tree 2nd Saturday with galleries featuring openings open till 8 pm and and later.
Grab a juicy hamburger at the Joshua Tree Saloon, New York style pizza at Pie for the People (also an #mbcacartinpublicplaces art venue), vegan cuisine at Natural Sisters Cafe, or (about one half mile west of main Joshua Tree, Sam's Cafe and Indian Food. Do not miss the world's best coffee - Really. Local Royce Robertson, who grew up in the area, has perfected his art of coffee roasting at the Joshua Tree Roasting Company. I featured Royce on on my blog when he launched his coffee in 2013!
Up Park Blvd, Joshua Tree National Park awaits! Trendy popularity comes at a price; make reservations as campsites fill up early! Or look into one of the area B&B's. Sunday mornings have a new art tradition- Artist's Tea - sponsored by the national park, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Otis Art Institute: JT Lab. Meet at Cap Rock 9-11 am, bring a mug and be ready to enhance your creativity!
Need a beauty boost? or just want to see a one-of-a-kind beauty museum! Stop in at the Beauty Bubble Salon and Museum! Fabulous yoga? Relax and meditate with some of the best yoga classes in the state! - daily at Instant Karma Yoga with classes in a variety of levels and styles.
If your travels take you to Twentynine Palms, you will be intrigued by the adobe architecture, history and good food of the The Twentynine Palms Inn and Campbell House Historic B& B, and the art at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery and the 29 Palms Creative Center.
Excellent live local theater is featured at Groves Cabin Theater in Morongo Valley, by the St Joseph's Players in Yucca Valley, the Hi Desert Cultural Center in Joshua Tree and Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms.
You may just want to kick back and enjoy the sunrises, sunsets and fresh air! The weather is perfect for s'mores and of course, I know some hikers who climb Ryan Mountain regularly to just limber up!
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writer, artist, observer, social commentator. I arrived to the Hi Desert 3 decades ago - to enter my chosen field. At the time, I saw the vast horizon as the end of the world. Now, I see it as the beginning of creativity.