We rolled into to Joshua Tree National Park around 8 a.m. Christmas eve, late enough to miss the sunrise and frigid temperatures, but early enough to still enjoy some warm light. We did the hidden valley nature trail. Apparently this is where some early folks used to hide their illicit herds of cows.After we set camp we moved on to the Skull rock Hike. This was fun, lots of interesting rock formations.Skull rock reminded me of Zoidberg from Futurama! Watched the sunset with some wine.
Woke up early for sunrise, then cooked some breakfast to warm myself up. Broke camp then headed to Ryan mountain. After that we checked out arch rock.
3 am as I was watching tutorials for Lightroom, it dawned on me that I had to be at school by 7:30 am to help administer a final exam for the Biology 207 class. I probably would have overslept, so I just stayed up and got an early start by taking some pictures of the Colorado Lagoon in the morning. My feet were hella cold.