“When you photograph a face… you photograph the soul behind it.” – Jean-Luc Godard

Floating on the silence that surrounds us

We packed up and drove towards the Mojave Desert.  We stopped at the Joshua Tree visitation center and picked up a map. The Joshua Tree National Park includes parts of two deserts. Amazing how two different worlds yet each has an ecosystem whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation. The higher one is the Mojave desert and the lower is Colorado desert.  If you do visit we recommend a very planned hiking bag filled with lots of fresh fruits, nuts, and lots of water. As you enter park there is a $25.00 entrance fee per vehicle and can be used for 7 days.  As we drove through Joshua Tree we can see the gorgeous snow covered San Gorgonio mountains aka "Old grey back" the highest mountain in Southern California. It felt like we were thrown into the Flintstones Era filled with rugged mountains of twisted rock and exposed granite monoliths. Our first stop was Skull Rock for some Rock climbing.  We reached the top and found a spot with a gorgeous view. It felt like we were part of the life force here.  Becoming patient and succumbing to this relentless desert heat, time passed and we can feel the sun stinging and beating on our backs like drums.

We decided to head to our Off Grid retreat, we get back on what is called highway 62 aka 29 palms highway. Twentynine palms was one of the many places where the homestead act encouraged western migration by providing settlers 160 acres of public land. In exchange, homesteaders paid a small filing fee and were required to complete five years of continuous residence before receiving ownership of the land. This still continues to be a place where many who contain the blood of pioneers and poets. A place where the new pilgrims are creating their own art and living their own truth. We pulled into a long desert road we must drive through to get to our Off grid retreat. We see a couple cars that are driving out and throwing peace signs at us to welcome us.
As we pull up we can see our Rv on a huge plot of desert land and a friendly barefoot blonde that is greeting us and signaling us into our parking spot. We get out of the car and the first thing we smell is white sage incense that transcends our spirit and quickly reminds us of the desert and the sacredness of it's life. The owner of this property introduces herself as Lauren, she was a very kind soul. She showed us around the Rv and how to operate this awesome off grid RV.  We unpack our car and get situated very easily. We have everything we need, a stove, shower, book/breakfast nook, and refrigerator. Outside of the Rv is a dream come true we have chairs that surround an underground fire-pit, an outdoor bed called a Stardeck with side tables and another fire pit prepared so that when the sun starts setting we can see the milky way clearly.
They even had a mini cornhole bean bag throw to play with. We decided with a setting like this who needs to be anywhere but here. We got hungry and drove through streets filled with 1880s- style false front facades but interiors that had stuff for visitors to see and do too. All of it was an old west feel filled with frontier stables and saloons. We decided to head to the most happening place here called Pappy and Harriets. A must see desert find that has cooks preparing food outdoors back-wood style. They serve up vegan burgers, salads, and ribs. The beer is pretty cold for a hot day. And if you stay long enough they play live music. After a good meal and beer we stop for firewood, more beer, and start preparing for our moon rise over purpled hills and limitless stargazing. With our fire going we jump into our star deck gazing bed filled with cozy blankets. We sink into this giddy feeling you get when you're a kid. We watch our first real moon rise and literally felt like we were camping on the moon. That's how close she was to us.

Dusk was falling rapidly upon us and you can hear the ambient desert winds and all it's nocturnal creatures that are out of sight during the day. We were intoxicated by the desert incense created by the many creosote bushes that surrounded us. Creosote is great for keeping a nice fire going, just grab a handful from a bush nearby and throw into fire. We just laid back and held each other through the night underneath the vast sky filled with stars.  And all we can do is float on all this silence that surrounds us, and hoped this feeling of freedom would never end.   
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