Being an Oregon native, when I think of camping I picture a dense forest with perpetually moist pine needle mulch underfoot. I think of the seclusion of being hidden in the trees, searching for dry wood for a fire, frosty breath and general wetness. And honestly, it is a beautiful, beautiful thing.
I LOVE camping. I would consider camping one of my main hobbies. I know it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but those people just don’t know what good tea tastes like. Being in nature is the ultimate refresher, reboot, and refuel.
Since moving to San Diego I have been lucky enough to explore a different type of camping: Desert camping! We took a trip to Joshua Tree National Park this past June. I had my doubts, but it turns out camping is camping and it is all wonderful. Forest camping and desert camping are obviously very different. In the forest I feel hidden and introspective. Out in the desert I feel adventurous and free. The vast desert night-sky is full of stars and uninhibited by trees. During the day, exploring and hiking through desert trails feels like being in the Jurassic era. With the sun beating down on my skin I was just waiting for a dinosaur to emerge and start munching on a Joshua tree. 🙂 Here are just a few photos from the trip (courtesy of my friend JT, thanks JT!)
What is your ideal camping environment? Feel free to leave a comment below!