I know, I know. Another Joshua Tree post? You've got to be kidding!
I'm afraid not, my friends. Mostly because I don't have anything to post today, and while I tried my hand at one of those beauty/fashion posts, they really are not my forte. I like when my blog has photos like these -- things that are aesthetically pleasing to me. Unfortunately, I don't have a hand for product photography (not that I'm all that amazing at photography in general, mind you -- I've much to learn!).
To be fair, I did try to mix it up a bit -- I wanted to give you a different perspective of Joshua Tree. Most of the time, I post a lot of wide shots. Things that are far away, overall landscape images, etc. I don't show you the details, the small things and the small moments that make me love this place so much.
That tiny, skinny line up top is my dad. And the crouching figure towards the bottom is my sister.
Sounds about right -- my dad likes to go ahead and 'scout' out the path before us. Really, he is (at least I'm convinced he is) a squirrel or a goat at heart. He can climb and whip around dangerous paths like nobody's business. I don't know how he has so little fear, and why I have so much.
I like the adventure, but I always try to tread carefully. I'm constantly afraid of falling...which could be taken as a metaphor for my life. Maybe sometimes you need to let go of those reservations and push forward. You need to feel that adrenaline pumping and the wind whipping around your ears, drowning out all of the other unnecessary noise.
There's a quietness about that, and I crave it.
Is that a case of the twenties? You sort of stumble along, figuring out what it is that you want to accomplish and what it is that you want to stand for? Who you want to be?
Those are the kind of thoughts I have at Joshua Tree. It's a place where I feel free, where I feel grounded, where I feel lifted. It's somehow come to become a symbol of hope and escape. It's become a refuge for me, and a place of rest.
So I hope you don't mind that I share with you everything about Joshua Tree that I can.
But, just because it's a place for thoughtfulness and hiking and being disconnected from electronics (other than my camera, which I will have to leave behind one of these days), it's a great place to nourish yourself. With food. Like budae jjigae, which I posted a makeshift recipe for a few weeks ago.
You haven't lived until you've got a nice, hot pot of something delicious and spicy after you've been hiking in the cold. Being out there somehow makes this dish so much better -- and it's one of my favorites, anyway!
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