Exploring Joshua Tree

Last week we took a short trip to Joshua Tree- one of our favorite spots in Southern California.

Traveling, taking conscious breaks from work and routine life… I think it can be a big part of routine wellness. So many times in the past, I’ve thought that in order to recharge I needed to take a big grand vacation. The reality is, many of us don’t get enough opportunity for big vacations. I haven’t actually been on one in several years (working on rectifying that in 2020). That’s why these mini-breaks are even more vital- especially as entrepreneurs.

A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger

I’ll be 100% honest- I didn’t have a specific plan for this trip as far as how much work/leisure time I would have- and it made me incredibly grumpy the first couple of days. Craig was 100% off work, I wasn’t. And I didn’t bother to put boundaries in place for when I would/ wouldn’t be working. I thought it would just sort of work itself out. It didn’t.

It was a great lesson for me: if I want to combine work and play, I need to plan that time out + let any travel partner in on that plan. Otherwise, it defeats the purpose of using travel as a way to recharge- even if some work is happening during that time.

Joshua tree really isn’t about exploring the city, finding new hip spots. It’s more about disconnecting & enjoying peaceful moments in nature.

To that end, this photo essay is more about the natural beauty of Joshua Tree. BUT, I know you have an explorer heart when it comes to new places, so I’ve collected a list of our favorite places to eat, shop and visit at the end of this post.

Enjoy!

A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
The Station in Joshua Tree. A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by Los Angeles photographer Sarah Ehlinger

A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by photographer Sarah Ehlinger. Find out what to do, and where to stay, eat & shop.
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by photographer Sarah Ehlinger. Find out what to do, and where to stay, eat & shop.
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by photographer Sarah Ehlinger. Find out what to do, and where to stay, eat & shop.
A visual travelogue of Joshua Tree, CA by photographer Sarah Ehlinger. Find out what to do, and where to stay, eat & shop.