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 Visiting the Mojave Desert hadn’t been in our plan when we set first set out on our road trip from California to Illinois. When we decided to add the Hoover Dam to our list, though, visiting the Mojave became practically unavoidable – and boy, am I glad that we didn’t miss out.

First Impressions

Prior to visiting the Mojave, I had always imagined the desert as flat expanses of sand with no end in sight. It was to my complete surprise, then, when we started to drive down the scenic drive off of I-15, that we saw mountains upon mountains coming into view.

Road leading towards a mountain at Mojave Desert National Preserve

Mountain Mojave Desert National Preserve California USA

I was completely astounded by the vast diversity of plant life that there was to be found and couldn’t help but stop to take as many pictures of it all as I possibly could. What can I say? I’m a nature photographer at heart, and finding flowers in the middle of the desert was the most amazing thing to me (even though I know it’s really not that uncommon).

Mountains and Yellow Flowers Mojave Desert National Preserve California USA

Flowers Mojave Desert National Preserve California USA

Rain in the Desert

The Joshua trees were another favorite of mine. I couldn’t get over how crazy they looked. I’ve always loved the individuality of nature. Seeing all of these Joshua trees in one place, each one completely unique from the one next to it, was like something out of a dream for me. That dreamlike feeling was only enforced when it started to rain.

Joshua Trees and Mountains Mojave Desert National Preserve California USA

If there was one thing that I learned on our short jaunt into the Mojave, it was that one should never underestimate anything – especially the desert. I think that so often I build up locations in my mind, and by going into the experience blind, I was really able to enjoy every second, getting completely swept up in it all. It’s definitely something that I (and my planning-oriented mind) would do well to remember.

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