Joshua Tree National Park

On Sunday night after the church service where Dad preached and we did some music, we drove a little over two hours to Phoenix for the night. The Flagstaff conference for Monday night had been postponed until February 15th because of a snowstorm. That weather system was also predicted to bring rain to much of California all week. On Monday morning, we started towards Burbank, California (Los Angeles area), where our Thursday night conference will be held. Because we had originally had two open nights before our Thursday conference, we had planned to stop at the Joshua Tree National Park for a day since it was directly on our travel route, but those plans had been overturned after seeing the predictions for inclement weather.

Then plans changed – again. We saw signs for the Joshua Tree National Park, and it wasn’t raining. Because the wind had gotten very strong, Dad thought we could possibly stay a night or two in a campground there and see if the wind would die down enough for a safer drive later in the week. Another check to the weather website and it showed that there was the potential that the wind would settle down by Wednesday.

There is a campground in the park where we are staying. We are thoroughly enjoying the beautiful view from our location, and Dad is grateful not to have to drive in the wind. We were able to take a three-mile hike before the rain clouds turned us home to our bus. It is strange to watch it rain in the desert. But it reminds me of what we are supposed to be – rain in a spiritually dry land.

Christopher and Jesse

An old mine.
The desert.
The desert

Dad and Mom

“He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.” (Deuteronomy 32:10)


4 thoughts on “Joshua Tree National Park”

  1. Hello Jesse! 🙂 Nice to see a post from you! 🙂 Thank you for sharing all these wonderful pictures of God’s beautiful creation! 😀 That is wonderful that you could all get to stay and have some relaxation before continuing your trip…and that your dad didn’t have to drive Uriah in all that wind!

    I LOVE that picture of the 3 guys (Jesse, John and Christopher?)…that’s a good one! 😀

    I love all the family photos you all get. 🙂 You should start an album just for the portrait pictures of the family! 😉

    Blessings in Christ!
    ~Miss Rachel~

  2. Welcome to California! The desert is pretty, but there are more beautiful places in our state. Wait till you get to the Gold Country. Wow!

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