Sunday, July 06, 2008

Curing Desert Deficit Disorder

On the Fourth of July, we took a family trip to Joshua Tree National Park. It was a new moon and a mild 100 degrees, so the conditions were perfect! After locating a good camping spot, we set up our tent and settled in...

In the photo below, Hikaru is surfing the channels on our big rock TV. The reception quality is often poor and only the movie was Rocky VI, but that's not the reason why we came to the desert...

We wanted to make sure that Hikaru wasn't coming down with NDD (Nature Deficit Disorder). Daddy was exhibiting some of the symptoms, including anxiety and depression, so we were a little worried. The desert has plenty of good "chi" to heal the spirit, though -- a good prevention for NDD.

As you can see in the photo, the accommodations were exquisite. Hikaru and Daddy are taking it easy by relaxing on the comfortable sofa -- it was hard as rock.

Daddy cooked a wonderful gourmet "combo" dinner of hot dogs, pasta, and soup all mixed together. Yum!

We also prepared some boiled eggs and onigiri (rice balls). Hikaru enjoyed eating the eggs, and liked to crack the shell open.

As the sun set in the evening sky, the rocks turned from bright orange to deeper shades of red...

And finally we could see the stars! In the big city, we can only make out only the brightest stars and planets (due to light pollution), but under a clear desert sky without streetlights, the universe appears in its full glory.

This was Hikaru's first time camping and sleeping outdoors. He had a difficult time falling asleep at first, but we all did OK. After an hour, Hikaru and Mommy were both snoring away soundly while Daddy did some stargazing and listening to the coyotes howling.

In the morning, Hikaru and Mommy peer outside from inside the tent. By the way, we did check the big boulder (in the photo above) to make sure that it wouldn't rock and roll over us in the middle of the night. This photo below is of our camp site...

After breakfast, we took a short hike. The photo below is a typical scene in Joshua Tree National Park -- big rocks, beautiful blue sky, and Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia). Do they look like the trees drawn in Dr. Seuss books?

Hikaru still rides in his baby backpack, but hopefully in the coming years he'll be able to climb and negotiate all the rocks by himself.


At Tuesday, July 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I almost feel like I was there too. What a beautiful weekend...


At Thursday, July 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks so much for sharing those beautiful photos. It's nice to get a blast of the outdoors while stuck in an office:)

Looking forward to my own Nature Deficit Disorder relief in Yosemite shortly.

Take care,


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