by Kaitlyn Raymundo
We were only at Joshua Tree for a whopping 24 hours, but it honestly was an eye opening experience. Sara and I had our reservations because neither of us grew up around lots of camping or road tripping. Tip for all of you who are like us: go with people who know what they're doing. Shoutout to our friends Lauren and Jake who provided us with a tent and food and were our wonderful guides for the trip.
We packed up my little Civic and drove two and a half hours with our friends, Corbin and Lindsey, to the camp site (and yes, that means we weren't really that far off of civilization but hey, it counts). Lauren already had sandwiches prepared and just like that, we were off! The park has a small fee for entrance but it was so worth it. That afternoon we basically went bouldering. Our shivering quickly turned to sweating as we scaled the rock formations. Trust me, the desert in January can get pretty chilly so our layers were coming off one by one. The park was absolutely stunning and it was amazing to see the uniquely shaped Joshua Trees.
That night was really relaxing-- it got dark pretty quick so we all huddled by the campfire and ate some quesadillas and baked beans. Our friends brought a portable stove top to cook some warm food and my body was incredibly thankful for the warmth. The temperatures drop below 50 at night and so once we went to sleep, the four of us huddled together, each wearing three layers, in our tent. Poor Corbin and Lindsey ended up sleeping in my car because it was so freaking cold. But all part of the experience right? We survived.
Our second day was pretty awesome, I must say. We took more pictures because we got to see a more diverse backdrop. It was gorgeous, and I gained an entirely new appreciation for the outdoors, particularly the desert. Before heading home, of course we had to some acro yoga.
The trip was not only successful, but it was completely empowering to have survived a weekend of "roughing it" despite the warnings of parents and friends. The taste of liberating uncertainty still has us seeking adventure, even now three months later. As a college student, (peep us repping our Chapman gear) it was an extremely affordable trip as well. Our only expenses were the site, park fee, food and gas--all of which when split between a group, brought our expenses below $50 for those who stayed the entire weekend.
10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND