I planned a three day excursion from Las vegas to Joshua Tree and wasn’t planning on camping in the park during our stay, but we arrived a day early from Vegas so I decided, why not?
Side note: If you ever drive from Vegas to Joshua Tree make sure you drive through the Mojave National Preserve and hike the Kelso sand dunes.
We drove into the park, picked a camping spot (plot number 118 in Jumbo Rocks) and then drove out to get supplies for the night. Andy quickly spotted a dollar store that had everything we needed, Food, bedding, cooking supplies, and campfire supplies. We got all the essentials and headed back to the park. We drove up in a KIA Sedona (a kick ass mini van) All of the seats folded down and it had enough space to fit a queen size bed, so we camped in the car! It was a first for the both of us and turned out to be pretty comfortable. I would probably do it again if the opportunity presented itself.
When we arrived back Andy cooked dinner which was soup and chips while I set up camp in the car. We star gazed under the crescent moon until we were sleepy. In the morning we woke up around 6am and had our mini wheats then went on a backcountry hike. The air was cool and crisp with the smell of damp pine. The sun shined with golden hues casting over valleys of Joshua trees. It was absolutely breathtaking.
After our hike we packed up camp, paid our fees, and headed to our hotel for what felt like the best shower ever!