Disregarding my fatigue, “listening” to the silent voice inside that said “keep going”, and seeing that the sun was about to set, I rushed into the Best Western where I was staying, quickly checked in, and asked the attendant if she had any brochures on Joshua Tree National Park. After all, I’d never been there and wanted to know more. Of course, she had oodles of information. To learn more yourself, Google anything associated with the Joshua Tree, or click this link from National Geographic.
So off I went, camera in hand, fully stocked with plenty of water and snacks just in case. My destination would not have any services. No food. No water. No gas. Not even cell phone service. Entering the park, I stopped at the ranger station, paid the fees, and asked what the best sight would be. Amanda, the park ranger said; “If you’re the adventurous type, then you’ll have to go about 10 miles inside the park, up to Key’s View. Perhaps you’ll make in time for sunset.” For the reader, “Key’s View” is a summit which sits at 5,185 feet overlooking the Coachella Valley, with views of Palm Springs, CA. and surrounding areas, including a visual of the San Andreas Fault on a clear day. It’s quite spectacular! Here’s a link for your convenience…click here.
Driving along the winding road on the way up to Key’s View, I kept repeating over and over, “Talk to me God. Tell me why I’m doing this. What is the purpose? Why did you bring me here? Why?” I didn’t hear a thing, but it was what I was starting to see in front of me, beside me, and all around me. I was stunned. I’d never seen anything like this before in my life. Everywhere I looked, there were trees. Millions of them. Literally! And rocks. Magnificent formations. And though time was short and I needed to keep going to Key’s View before the sun set, I couldn’t help stopping several times to take pictures. I was mesmerized. All of these trees, limbs out-stretched, almost as if they were human hands reaching out and saying; “Help me.”
I made it. Just in time. It was everything the park ranger said it would be and more. The view was magnificent; the setting of the sun took my breath away. And then it was over. So back down the mountain I went, back down into the vast expanse of trees. And still, I kept asking, “Why? Why am I here? Why did you bring me here?”
No answer. Just silence. Exiting the park, darkness had set in. On the way back to the hotel, I decided right then and there, I would come back the next morning at sunrise and ask once more. The answer would leave me in stunned amazement. A shocking revelation of what could be a course of destiny I never dreamed would happen.