This Monday, all National Parks were free, yes, FREE! So, Ryan and I decided to take a little road trip into the desert to see Joshua Tree National Park. We weren't sure what to expect, and I basically just had U2 stuck in my head the whole time because of their album, The Joshua Tree.
It was only a two and a half hour drive for us, but it was absolutely amazing to see how much the terrain changes as you start to leave the city. Once we arrived at the park, we couldn't believe just how much there was to see and how incredible it all looked.
We ended up staying much longer than anticipated because we wanted to see the stars at night, and let me tell you, they really did shine! We pulled off to the edge of the road with the desert stretching out past us, cut the headlights, and stared up into the sky. It was amazing, awe-inspiring, and, frankly, kind of creepy all at once.
TOMS, which as you can see have definitely seen better days. I actually end up wearing TOMS in place of sneakers a lot now because they're the most comfortable pair of shoes ever. I've worn them walking around NYC all day, I wore them every single day across the country, I wear them when driving, etc. They are 100 percent worth the investment!
If you're interested in visiting a National Park, this is the year to do it! In honor of the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service, they're offering 16 free days in 2016. I had been to a handful of smaller state parks in my life, but didn't really start going to the big ones until I met Ryan. He loves to "get back to nature" and I love just visiting new places, so I'm usually up for it.
We spent an entire week in Acadia National Park in Maine in 2014 (you can see some of our trip here), and last year on our trip across the country (see photos here) we visited three parks -- St. Louis Gateway Arch & Park (MO), the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park (AZ), and the Grand Canyon (AZ).