Joshua Tree: Day Two

After hiking out of the park on the Boy Scout Trail, we went back in via another entrance and stopped at the Cholla Cactus Garden - a crazy little section of the park where these cacti grow like mad - on our way to the Lost Palms trailhead.  The trail to Lost Palms was filled with awesome ocotillo.  We passed a few day-hiking groups on their way out from Lost Palms and got the feeling that we were spending the night out in this somewhat remote part of the park by ourselves.  Yes!  That would have made for the perfect scenario, but the final destination of Lost Palms ended up having no safe options for sites to set up our tent.  The wind was whipping, the land was exposed, and there was no flat space large or level enough to accommodate our little tent.  So we hiked back on the trail a bit, set up camp in the safest, most sheltered spot we could find, and hunkered down for the night.  The sky was unbelievable, which was payoff for the wind that kept us up all night.

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