Cowboy, Take Me Away (Indian Cove, Joshua Tree National Park)

The hubby and I gassed up the RV and headed out to Indian Cove Campground in Joshua Tree National Park last weekend for a much-needed escape from the city.  Indian Cove is located 13 miles east of Joshua Tree Village and 10 miles west of Twenty-nine Palms, California off highway 62.  It’s a dry campground, so BYOW (bring your own water) or bring containers to fill at the ranger station.

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The campground is enclosed by towering rock formations, with many of the campsites nestled between the rocks; including ours—site #2.  Not all the sites accommodate RVs, and many are extremely slanted so leveling is necessary.  Fortunately, we didn’t need a running fridge, so we passed on leveling the rig.

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After backing in, we unfolded our new lounge chairs anticipating some R & R.  Earlier that morning, my daughter, grandkids and I “Stepped Up” and walked three miles through Knott’s Berry Farm to raise money to cure diabetes.  With sore legs and feet, I leaned back my chair, closed my eyes, and enjoyed the desert warmth and breeze blowing through the cove.

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Joshua Tree is known for its dark, starry skies, free from the light pollution of Southern California.   I brought my camera with intentions of capturing not only a beautiful desert sunset, but a sky full of stars.  After some delicious homemade burgers, the hub and I spent the evening stargazing. We were serenaded to sleep by the sounds of smooth Jazz from the radio of a neighboring camper.

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True to my internal work clock, I woke by five, but remained under covers until six. I planned to catch the sun rising over the rock formations, so after slicking down my bed hair, I grabbed my camera and tripod and set up outside the RV.

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Watching the early morning sun rise within the solitude of a desert is a spiritual experience for a city girl like me used to waking to blaring car radios and slamming garage doors.  I tried to make the morning last, knowing that check out was at noon.  After capturing the sun, I climbed up on an ancient rock and enjoyed the wild blue skies.

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It’s almost noon and it’s time to go home. As I pack it up I sing, “Cowboy Take Me Away,” by the Dixie Chicks: ”I want to look at the horizon and not see a building standing tall—I want to be the only one for miles and miles—I said, Cowboy take me away……………” and one day soon, he will again.

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