From Arizona, we made a stop at Joshua Tree in California. At first, I was very apprehensive. It was 100 degrees, the road we drove on to get to the park was extremely windy and made me nauseous, and the insect situation was out of control. Whenever we stopped the car, they bombarded us at full speed in swarms. It wasn't until we arrived at the rocks that Chris and I got out of the car and began to explore.
Guys, Joshua Tree ended up being my favorite so far. You feel like you're roaming around on another planet because that's how interesting and unusual it is. The sky looks like it's photoshopped into the scene because it was perfectly clear and the blue was one solid color. But I promise, no photo editing at all! These come to you non-filtered and it's pretty amazing.
I don't have much advice for this particular stop other than you should go, and don't be fooled by the dry lands. There's a lot to see and the rocks become an adult jungle gym that you can play on. They also look like huge sugar cookies (see photo below) when shot just right. Enjoy the pics and hope you're having a great week!