Finally free from the horrors of So-Cal traffic, we arrived at Joshua Tree’s visitor’s center ~4:30pm and excitedly stamped our journals for the second time. We purchased an annual pass for all parks for a meager $80, and got some tips on what to see from the friendly ranger there. We toured inside and around the center, familiarizing ourselves with local flora and fauna and snapping a few photos before grabbing a bite to eat at a nearby Del Taco.
After dinner, we drove to the “Jumbo Rocks” campground area to watch the sunset! As you can see, the rocks there are amazing!
A short while after sunset we were entertained and educated by park ranger Tara’s photo-presentation on local plants and wildflowers in the campground’s amphitheater. The campgrounds are currently full due to spring-break, so we retired to a motel room in nearby Twenty-nine Palms under a night sky full of stars! Tomorrow we get to explore the park in full!