Flew IND to LAX. Upon arrival to LAX, took a shuttle to rental car, picked up rental car, and drove to Joshua Tree NP arriving ~9PM. My mother met me at Black Rock Canyon Campground after having driven down from Idaho where she was visiting her friend Cheryl. Set up tent in the dark and went to sleep. No photos from this day. :(
We woke up and broke down the tent to go in search of the campground I *really* wanted to be at, Hidden Valley. We had a quick breakfast in town at Carla's Route 62 and then drove to Hidden Valley and secured campsite 10. After setting up camp again, we drove around Joshua Tree to get our bearings, spent some time climbing around on Hall of Horrors, and eventually ended up back at camp. After trying to nap for a while, my mom decided it was too hot to camp and packed up and headed back to Idaho. Once she left, I walked around the campsite (being my normal extroverted self) and met fellow photographers Mark, Charles, and Keri. For dinner, I boiled water on my camp stove and had some ramen. While I was cooking, a couple from Germany pulled up and asked if they could share my campsite (this was a theme for the whole week), and I said yes. They were in a camper van. After dinner I tracked down Mark and Keri and we drove up to Keys View for sunset, and then spent some time photographing stars until about 10:30PM.