#U2 and #TheJoshuaTree: traveling through Southern #California

I have climbed the highest mountains, I have run through the fields...

I have run, I have crawled, I have scaled these city walls...

But I still haven't found what I am looking for.

U2 from the album The Joshua Tree

When I first heard this song, I was instantly touched by it's haunting melody and evocative lyrics that awakened in me a desire for something I did not quite know at the time--ofcourse this was almost 30 years ago and over the years I daresay that I have been made to understand through life's experiences and deep soul-searching, the real meaning of that 'something' that I was yearning for even as a little child. The Joshua Tree that has been featured throughout the album artwork, was equally compelling and unusual in form and it's twisted spiky shape, inspired in the child that was me a desire for things that existed only in Neverland!

So after visiting the Joshua Tree National Park (located in Mojave Desert in southern California) last month, life seems to have come a full circle confirming to me that a Neverland really exists and that the engines of life have been on track so far and will continue leading me to this mysterious land of my childhood dreams. :)

The Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree National Park, CA, USA. Image©sourcingstyle.com

The Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree National Park, CA, USA. Image©sourcingstyle.com

A group of us spent one whole Sunday there last month, visiting the park and going on hikes--we started with the Keys View and ended with the Barker Dam Nature Loop Hike. The Joshua trees with the huge rock formations extending over miles and miles of arid desert land, make the landscape surreal and the terrain almost extra-terrestrial! One of my friends said that it almost felt like landing on the moon or another planet--I wonder if any sci-fi movies have been shot here! The Joshua Tree National Park website gives all information about the park and can help you plan your travel. 

Here are some pictures from my visit there--starting from Keys View where the winds were blowing unimaginably cold and strong, to the picturesque and fairy-tale like drive back home, it was the perfect outing that the New Year could bring--especially for a travel-blogger!

TIP :It can get really cold and windy especially at Keys View so a warm parka is strongly recommended. Patagonia is my favorite place to shop parkas.:)  

Keys View, Joshua Tree National Park. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Keys View, Joshua Tree National Park. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Keys View, Joshua Tree National Park. My friend Katie standing on the edge of a rock-very dangerous unless you are a trained mountain climber (like my friend) or the winds might just blow you away! Image©sourcingstyle.com

Keys View, Joshua Tree National Park. My friend Katie standing on the edge of a rock-very dangerous unless you are a trained mountain climber (like my friend) or the winds might just blow you away! Image©sourcingstyle.com

Driving to Barker Dam. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Driving to Barker Dam. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Rock formations, Joshua Tree National Park. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Rock formations, Joshua Tree National Park. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Joshua Tree National Park, image©sourcingstyle.com

Joshua Tree National Park, image©sourcingstyle.com

Joshua Tree National Park, image©sourcingstyle.com

Joshua Tree National Park, image©sourcingstyle.com

Barker Dam, Joshua Tree National Park. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Barker Dam, Joshua Tree National Park. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Zipline, Joshua Tree National Park. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Zipline, Joshua Tree National Park. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Barker Dam Nature Trail, image©sourcingstyle.com

Barker Dam Nature Trail, image©sourcingstyle.com

Joshua Tree National Park, image©sourcingstyle.com

Joshua Tree National Park, image©sourcingstyle.com

My friend Karol investigating a lone tree, Joshua Tree National Park, image©sourcingstyle.com

My friend Karol investigating a lone tree, Joshua Tree National Park, image©sourcingstyle.com

The fairy-tale like ride back home! Joshua Tree National Park, image©sourcingstyle.com

The fairy-tale like ride back home! Joshua Tree National Park, image©sourcingstyle.com

That looks like me! Track pants:Ralph Lauren, Jacket:Patagonia, Sneakers:Nike Air, Camera:NikonD810. Image©sourcingstyle.com

That looks like me! Track pants:Ralph Lauren, Jacket:Patagonia, Sneakers:Nike Air, Camera:NikonD810. Image©sourcingstyle.com