Travel: Joshua Tree

This post is part of the YAY IN THE USA series. Joshua Tree is the third of seven legs in our travels.

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Keys View at Joshua Tree National Park.

To be frank, we were really looking forward to this leg of the trip, because, JOSHUA TREE.

With the incoming storm at Palm Springs slowing us down significantly, we arrived only just in time for dinner. It was pitch black at the Joshua Tree House where we were booked in to stay, but finding our way was easy (thank you @GoogleMaps). That, and the unmistakable Joshua Tree out on the driveway confirmed our destination.

We had dinner at Pappy + Harriet's for some good ol' upmarket pub fare (which we highly recommend... but perhaps sit away from the stage unless you don't mind being slightly deaf and have people shoving their butts at your food for two hours), and then decided to call it a night because it was seriously cold.

Pappy + Harriet's 53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown, CA 92268, USA http://www.pappyandharriets.com* Note: Ring in early, make a booking. Come back 3 hours later. Seriously. Do that.

And like our stay at the yurt in LA, the next morning (there's a little bit of a recurring theme here) we were happily greeted by the fact that we were in one of the most beautiful accommodations worthy of all the magazine mentions we've read.

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Joshua Tree House - so much love.

Joshua Tree House

http://www.instagram.com/thejoshuatreehouse

Of course we didn't just become homebodies (though we could very much do so, for e.g. I could spend a

very long time 

in the outdoor hot tub), and did go to the local town to explore some of the cute local stores and... quirky ol' western facades (no... they weren't real shops).

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P.S. Crossroads Cafe - must go, very good, 'nuffsaid.

Coyote Corner

6535 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252, USACrossroads Cafe and Tavern 61715 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92252, USA

http://www.crossroadscafejtree.com

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Trees are really fast losing their place on our planet and this is probably one of the last deserts to find them. They are fairly funny and awkward looking things, and there is a

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of the Mormons giving the trees their name. In the Joshua Tree National Park they happily grow in abundance, and this is one place we recommend anyone visiting to 

must go.

I suspect after spending a day there we may have grown attached to them, and as you begin the drive away from Joshua Tree, as we did when we started out on the next leg of the journey, they vanish from the landscape. It's fairly bittersweet - not knowing when we'll be back again, and how many will still remain when we do.

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Postscript: Time spent in Joshua Tree, California - 2 days, 3 nights.