First Time at JT

How about a #flashbackfriday post? I was going through my external hard drive looking for some songs I used to listen to back in the day (remember when indie music was what cool kids listened to?), I came across photos from the first time my family and I visited Joshua Tree National Park back in 2014.

We were in town then to see the BNP Paribas Open – an annual tennis tournament held in Indian Wells, CA. After having breakfast at the hotel, we had a bit of time to kill. This was the year I decided that I wanted to visit all national parks as a bucket list item so I suggested checking out JT and surprisingly, everyone agreed!

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you’d know that I visited Joshua Tree earlier this year with Chris and we also checked out Keys View. Back in the day, we did almost the exact same thing and for some reason, that’s the main things I like to do here. Check out the rocks, take some cool snaps of the plants and enjoy the view at Keys View.

I’m planning a trip to Joshua Tree again before the year ends and this time I really want to do a full hike. In fact, I’m planning on possibly doing a hike this month for my birthday and have a picnic afterwards, but we’ll see. Lost Horse Mine and Hidden Valley trails caught my attention the last time I was here.

Oh, in case you didn’t notice, I ~fixed up the blog. I was feeling rather uninspired and having been really stoked about this theme, I figured it was the push I needed to be more active with this blog. Have a lovely weekend, everyone!




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  1. October 6, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    Loving the grey-blue accents on the blog Eena. Such a cute family photo and looking forward to seeing more oh Joshua Tree on your next visit. How far away is it from where you live?

    • October 6, 2017 / 1:34 pm

      Thanks, Nat! It’s my favorite shade of greyish blue to use on layouts xD It’s nearly two hours from me making it the closest national park for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. October 6, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Your blog is so beautiful Eena! Anyway, hiking is such an adventure! I want to go hiking soon ๐Ÿ™
    Joshua Tree is such an inspiring place to hike. Beautiful photos!

  3. October 7, 2017 / 9:32 am

    I love the tweaks youโ€™ve done with your theme, I loved the โ€œmainโ€ page! Itโ€™s so different compared to others and in my opinion, really shows you and what you do. YOU GO GAL โค

    I love looking back at my old photos! I enjoyed reading about the first time you visited JT! YOU LOOK SO YOUNG AND CUTE OMG. I can’t wait to hear about how your trip is when you return ^_^

  4. October 7, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    Great photos Eena! You guys all look like you had a great time. I’ve never heard of the Joshua tree before, it looks incredible ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. October 7, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    This post totally makes me want to visit JT again! Don’t you just love finding old photos that remind you of great moments you’ve had! Please keep us updated on whether you visit again and if you have any recommendations for hikes.

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

  6. October 8, 2017 / 10:55 am

    Such cute pics! Joshua Tree is such an amazing place. I really like the new blog design – it looks great!

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  7. October 8, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    I love how you’re 200% about nature and the great outdoors. Meanwhile, I am here feeling like a vampire XD. I’ve heard so much about Joshua Tree! The area looks totally different than what I’m used to in LA. Then again, you can experience four seasons with a 1-hour drive from LA, depending on which direction you drive XD. Your family is so adorable! Love how everyone is having a great time.

    Hope you’ll have a great month, Eena! I love your new layout :). YOUR TASTE BUDS ARE GREAT LOL.

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  8. October 8, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    I’m so excited to read all of your travel posts – you take such beautiful photos!

  9. October 8, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    I’ve heard so many people talk about Joshua Tree and it seems like the coolest place! Your pictures are amazing – they really make me want to go someday!! I can’t wait to see more pictures from your next trip. A hike and picnic sounds like tons of fun!

  10. October 8, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    first of all, love the new blog theme!

    the photos are lovely as usual. i don’t know this place you mentioned but i DO know that the heat will be a living hell for me, hahaha i’m just so allergic towards the sun and ‘summer’ heat in general!

  11. October 9, 2017 / 12:05 am

    Oh that tree got me intrigued since I first heard about it, too bad I’m too far away for a visit. Looks like you had a nice time! p.s the new template is so pretty, I love it.

  12. October 9, 2017 / 10:29 am

    I love this! It’s always interesting to see the same places in different ways ๐Ÿ™‚ JT must hold many memories for you! I also love that the two related posts that show up at the bottom of this one are “Hiking in the Giant Forest” and “Explorin’ Joshua Tree,” and the thumbnail photos for both are you holding up your annual pass ๐Ÿ˜€ // Your blog looks great! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  13. October 9, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    Joshua Tree National Park looks amazing! I’ve never heard about it but it is so different and special compare with parks I’m getting use to visit.
    Kisses,
    E.
    http://www.withcapitale.com

  14. October 9, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    Visiting all the national parks is on my bucket list too! Fab photos~

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE
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  15. October 10, 2017 / 2:08 am

    Iโ€™ve never been hiking. I think Iโ€™ve always been too scared because 1. Iโ€™m not used to nature living in the city (Lol, jk. Iโ€™m exaggerating) and 2. Iโ€™m so unfit like wow.

    I remember watching this video of people hiking to the Hollywood sign and I was like no, honey, thatโ€™s not me.

    Joshua Tree looks amazing, though! Iโ€™m loving the clear blue skies, something of which we lack over here XD

  16. October 10, 2017 / 7:07 am

    This makes me miss the desert!! ๐Ÿ™

  17. October 10, 2017 / 11:05 am

    I’ve never been to Joshua Park. Can’t wait to see your post about your adventure there this year-end! Btw, I love your new theme. It’s clean and fresh! Happy blogging!

    Simply,
    Jenn | http://www.lepetittato.com/

  18. October 10, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    Ben would have so much fun running around those huge rocks haha, this looks like exactly the place we’d love to visit! Also, loving the updated theme. We’re about to re-do ours, and your look has us feeling inspired!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

  19. October 10, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    woah, beautiful pictures! i looks like you had an incredible time, i would love to visit joshua tree! it looks totally freakin’ breathtaking!

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

  20. October 11, 2017 / 4:00 am

    This place looks like a very special destination to visit! I bet it’s awesome to visit some place again when you’ve already been there once before. Then you already know the main areas and can probably focus on more special parts of the destination ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. October 11, 2017 / 11:43 am

    loving the blog layout!!! i went to joshua tree for the first and only time about a year ago, and have been dying to go back ever since! it’s like nothing else i’ve ever seen – so beautiful. looks like y’all had a great time!

  22. October 12, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    I have always wanted to visit Joshua Tree! It was very close to the college I went to. I am bummed I missed out. These photos are beautiful! Xo, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

  23. October 12, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    Wow, this is such a beautiful post with amazing photos! I would love to visit Joshua Tree someday! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  24. October 13, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    Yes, definitely recommend the Lost Horse Mine. The landscape out there is surreal and you’re just sort of winding around on mountains. It makes you appreciate how hard miners had to work back in the day as well as the difficulty of accessing living resources on their jobs. I like the changes to your theme! I love muted/pastel/desaturated colors.

  25. October 15, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Beautiful photos, Eena!!! And I super love your blog’s new look!!! <3 <3 <3

  26. October 16, 2017 / 8:00 am

    Love the photos! We’ve been thinking if we should stop by while we were in Vegas but we might visit other national parks instead. Hope I can go next time with my husband and son!

  27. October 18, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    your hair was so long! these throwback photos are so cute can’t even <3 i can't believe it was just three years ago that you first came to JT! since you seemed to love it so much i'd thought you've gone there since you were little!

  28. October 28, 2017 / 3:35 am

    Joshua Tree has definitely been on my bucket list for some time! And I love your new blog theme! Great job!

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