For my family vacation in 2011, we drove south to Big Bear in San Bernardino National Forest, which is just next to Joshua Tree National Park. We spent a lot of time exploring the area – hiking around Big Bear and exploring Palm Springs. Big Bear is a beautiful area, and the hikes around the area are largely unforgettable. Especially the gun sight trail.

But my true excitement lay in the Mojave desert. I have been wanting to go to Joshua Tree National Park for as long as I can remember. And as we drove up to the park and entered, the trees became taller and taller. The taller they became, the more beautiful.

It’s one of the most breathtaking places I’ve ever seen.