Wicked Wanderers

Chronicling the full time RV lifestyle of a young family

Chapter 11: Joshua Tree

We crossed the border from Arizona into California and headed north towards Joshua Tree National Park once the solar was up and working. We were ready to be out of the hot desert for a while too. Neither Kevin or I have ever visited Joshua Tree before and were excited to check it out!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We parked at the free Federal BLM land near the Northern Joshua Tree park entrance. (It is easier to gain access to the popular parts of the park from the North and camping on BLM was ‘free’ and we knew we could fit our not so small RV in there).

It was a dry lake bed that we boondocked in so there were no frills but our rig is self sufficient and we were able to utilize solar power. It was a new record for us and we were able to go two weeks straight boondocking without really even needing to conserve water use (we do have 160 gallons of fresh water on our rig which can last us a long time).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

the view from where we parked

The BLM land is an overflow camping area for Joshua Tree and there were a surprising number of other campers and tenters there despite cold night time temps down to the 40s.

There was also a pop up dust storm while we were there with wind gusts of 50 mph!

Kevins face and lips covered in dust after securing the solar panels mid dust storm

Kevins face covered in dust after securing the solar panels mid dust storm

11-in-a-rock

We enjoyed several hikes including Skull Rock, 49 palm oasis, and Ryan Mountain; Eloise set a new personal best for hiking 1100 vertical feet on her own! Go Eloise. Candy motivation was definitely involved but depending on her mood she really does enjoy the fresh air and hiking. Eliza always enjoys a nice long snooze in the baby carrier on each hike.

Eloise hiked up and sometimes Kevin would carry her down if she got too tired

Eloise hiked up and sometimes Kevin would carry her down if she got too tired

We were fortunate to able to align our stay at Joshua Tree with another fulltime family we met in Vermont many months prior. We were able to visit with them while Eloise played with their 3 year old son Elias and everyone had a fun time.

Playing with our friends

Playing with our friends

Coincidentally we met another young family on the BLM land at that same time and they joined in sharing a fire and pot luck dinner with us. All four kids enjoyed running wild together and it was quite the spectacle. It’s always really neat to meet up with other young families on the road as we seem to all have quite a bit in common.

The kids enjoying being pulled in the stroller by the golf cart in the desert

The kids enjoying being pulled in the stroller by the golf cart in the desert

We were all sad to leave our friends behind but after a few days it was time to move on to greater adventures north at Death Valley.

11-selfie

Previous

Chapter 10: Solar panels

Next

Chapter 12: Death Valley

4 Comments

  1. Sherry Mather

    I LOVE these pictures and updates! Look at all the fun you all are having! Memories galore! Love, love the Eloise pictures! I see she is enjoying her adventure with mommy, daddy, and baby sis! Glad she is meeting up with out little friends! Miss you guys! Hugs to Eloise and Eliza from me!

    • The Wanderers

      Thanks Sherry! We are enjoying our time together and I’m enjoying the lack of snow! haha Happy Holidays!

  2. Leah Johnson

    It was so much fun spending a few days with your family there! Love the post…can’t wait til our paths cross again!

    • The Wanderers

      We are definitely looking forward to a future hangout! Miss you guys and safe travels as always! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén