after missing the 6:45 am flight and coming to the realization we were not making it by air to Vegas from Phoenix we jumped in our rented fuel efficient vehicle and set out into the desert//
Rocks have been one thing I’ve always collected and the rocks && boulders from Phoenix to Las Vegas were such a lovely view, much bigger than my collection! Mountains after mountains made the six hour trip well worth it and especially the fields of cacti, they never got old.
I suppose the desert weather is the same from day to day but to us it was perfect!
After carefully climbing through a barbed-wire fence to get up to this giant cactus I giggled and ran around loving the terrain and everything it had to offer. I could have played around looking at all the wild vegetation collecting small artifacts for hours, but we didn’t have a drop of water and the sun was more powerful than we imagined.
We crossed through the Joshua Tree Forest Parkway ((The trees grow strongly, for example, along US 93 between Kingman and Wickenburg in Arizona; this road is known as the Joshua Forest Parkway and seems to have even more Joshuas than the national park, intermingled with that other distinctive symbol of the Southwest, the saguaro.)) quoted from this site–
We made it by nightfall in time to lay around, eat some grub, visit the connected Urban Outfitters and also connected Miracle Mile Mall ((squeel!)) and catch a sunset view of the strip.
more photos to come!