The weather's perfect right now for a camping trip in the desert, a smidgen North of Joshua Tree.
The powers-that-be want to streamline a process where desert land can be handed over to energy developers who want to invest in clean energy infrastructure. They've written a plan - the DRECP (Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan) - to delineate what is allowed to go where.
I recently headed over to Joshua Tree, hoping to catch some stars or some snow. Neither of my hopes came true. The sky stayed overcast the whole evening, and the ground dry. And it was perfect and still and I loved every minute.
Cholla cacti have wood skeletons. After they die and the water evaporates, after the skin falls off and the desert critters move in - they leave behind some wood. I never connected the plants as alive to how they were when dead.
The Beavertail Prickly-Pear Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) is a mainstay in Joshua Tree and much of the rest of the Mojave. Learn about it here!
I don't know how long the weather and the traffic will be clear, so now's the moment. Take a chance to enjoy the desert while everything's blooming!