Luckily for us, we had two group trips planned with friends for the first 6 months of 2014! The first one took place about 1.5 weeks ago in Joshua Tree, California. 8 of us rented a house and staying right near Joshua Tree National Park. I had heard of the park before but had never been there so I didn’t know exactly what to expect. It was really amazingly beautiful and I would highly recommend it!!
We rented a house called the Joshua Tree Rock and Glass house that was even featured in a New York Times article in 2009. It was definitely one of the coolest places I have ever stayed. Here are a few pictures:
Besides spending time exploring our insane house, we also went on two awesome hikes. The first hike was to the top of Ryan Mountain. It was only about 3.5 miles round trip but it was all up-hill on the way there so it definitely got our blood pumping.
After our hike we decided to do a little bouldering/rock climbing!
The next (and last) day we decided to do a longer hike (7.2 miles) but it was completely flat which was a nice break. Luckily Aaron convinced me we needed more than 1L of water per person (which I thought was PLENTY) because it was gone by the end of the day. The scenery was really amazing and different from anything I’ve seen before.
After lunch we had to do some more rock climbing.
We had a nice quite evening back at the house (except for the mouse we saw which caused a bit of commotion!).
The last morning Gabe and I got up early to catch the sunrise before heading to the airport to fly back to freezing cold Chicago.
Overall it was a really great trip!