My recent travels out west took me to Joshua Tree National Park. Full disclosure– I’m not super outdoorsy or good at  “roughing it” –but for some time now I’ve wanted to see the natural beauty of this desert gem described to me by so many. We chose 29 Palms Inn as our basecamp for exploring. The inn is historic, charming, and a true oasis. Seeing as it was July you must be OK with the heat. I found staying in the pool or taking a nap during the hottest part of the day was best for our sightseeing schedule. Also, a reusable water bottle or canteen is a must! (Fun Tip: Drop a fresh, dry, teabag into your canteen before filling it with ice and water. The flavor slowly disperses, giving your water a delicious boost. I love peppermint but jasmine green tea is also great. Any tea would probably be delicious, but I feel herbal teas work best, try your favorite!) If you can, catching the sunrise at Keys View at Joshua Tree National Park is a beautiful moment. Driving to this vista, you can see Palm Springs and the Salton Sea. There’s not much nightlife but I do suggest a visit to Pioneertown to catch some live music at Pappy and Harriet’s. The Crochet Museum is a pure delight for any age and tucked behind it is, ArtQueen, a funky art shop where I picked up some very memorable home decor.  It was also on this trip that I visited Integratron. Oh my gosh you must go! I wrote about my experience, check it out here.  At the end of a long dusty day it was so nice to head back to the inn for healthy organic dinner poolside with nightly music and a killer backdrop of natural beauty.