Sometimes it's the food joints you stop at out of necessity that can be the best discoveries, like Joshua Tree Saloon, our last chance for lunch before heading into the national park. I had worked up quite the appetite stalking a desert iguana for a close up, so the mahi mahi fish tacos and an ice cold coke really hit the spot.
Joshua Tree Park has a special feel to it when you're hiking amongst the Mojave yucca and Joshua trees, making it one of my trip highlights. We were very cautious when climbing amongst the boulders as they're the perfect place for snakes to sun themselves, fortunately our creature encounters for the day only included lizards, squirrels and a shifty looking donkey.
I nodded off during the long drive from Skull Rock to Lake Havasu, but at an intersection in the middle of nowhere, Andy woke me up and we got out of the car to look back at the setting sun. While there was still light in the sky, I made a wish upon the huge shooting star that I saw.