We are back in California’s Joshua Tree National Park in the morning.
We should have gotten going earlier this morning, but the coffee shop in town doesn’t open until 7, so we decided that would be early enough. In some ways it is, but when we reach the trail to Barker Dam, the sandy path is full of tracks both human-made and otherwise that make us wish we had been here earlier.
There is a humming bird perched high in a tree, otherwise, all is still and quiet.
The trail soon takes us to the shores of a little pond, the surrounding rock reflected in the mirror-still water.
This might be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I could sit here all day just soaking in the stillness and solitude.
(We do sit here quite a long time, but the sun keeps climbing higher in the sky so finally it is time to tear ourselves away and move on. )
At the far end of the pond we find the dam that helps maintain it and, on the other side of the dam, and unexpected vista.
From that point the trail winds down to the sandy plain at the edge of the Wonderland of Rocks and back to the trail’s beginning.