Birthday fun around Joshua Tree

My wife, Amy, planned some fun stuff in and around Joshua Tree. We arrived at Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Desert Art Museum in Joshua Tree after sunset to take some photos. After much shivering, we went to a cozy camper (found through Airbnb).

We returned to the Outdoor Desert Art Museum at sunrise, which was the first time I woke up before sunrise for the purpose of taking photos. Since it was below 40°F (4°C), my DSLR camera battery almost died, and we returned to the camper to recharge.

After grabbing a quick breakfast, the Integratron was next. We got the last tickets for the 11:30 time slot, and relaxed for an hour or so before “adult nap time”. The sound bath was fantastic! Highly recommended, and I’d love to revisit again.

Last, we saw Giant Rock in the middle of nowhere. It was an incredible trek. On the way out, we initially went in a circle. Amy drove us through what felt like an ATV course—and made it with my 2003 Corolla!

Navigating with GPS on a phone with a low cell signal caused the Waze connection to keep dropping, then recalibrate. I think a dedicated GPS device would be best.

Thank you so much, Amy. I had a blast, and look forward to another return really soon!

Ramming speed


Our tabby cat, Monica, was trying to get into the bedroom through a door that was slightly open. (Thick carpet, so it’s difficult to move the door.)

She kept pushing her head through the door opening. Arms flailing. Pondering.

Finally, she shoved her way through like a battering ram.

It was like watching a butterfly break out of its cocoon.

The second time was less eventful. I would reference a clip from The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In scenes where the, um, young protagonists (heroes) would morph into Power Rangers, the shot has them jumping from an invisible platform and onto the ground.

With enthusiasm.