This year I have seen some spectacular things - Swaths of snowdrops in Lincolnshire, the back roads of Southeastern Tennessee, Monet's Giverny in full bloom, Great Dixter at a quiet time of year, the Columbia Gorge with its salmon heading home to spawn, the northern New Mexico landscape in the winter and fall and the view below the Golden Gate Bridge by boat. Today, I finally made it to Joshua Tree.
In one word, amazing.
We didn't hike or pull off the road to see every marker or scenic point, but the drive and views were spectacular at 35 miles an hour. The park is not too crowded this time of year and the weather was magnificently brisk, but manageable. It made me realize that there are so many things I have yet to experience. It has inspired me to start thinking and planning new travel itineraries.
All in all a pretty awesome hump day.