Life in Joshua Tree

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cactus in bloom on our front yard
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Joshua Tree and spectacular sunsets go hand in hand.
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Before we became tree dwellers, we were desert dwellers.

In August of 2016 we moved to the iconic Joshua Tree, California. Just like any desert in the world, living there was a big adjustment from living in a big metropolitan like Los Angeles. It can go from “wow it’s so nice outside” to “omg, let’s go back inside!”. I find that the temperature is decent from 5am to 10am—after that, the sun just gets brutal.

There are no trees to lean on to take a break from the sun. There’s hardly any formation of clouds in the sky that can block the sun. It is bluer than the ocean which makes it so pretty to look at from the comforts of our home or vehicle. If you are not wearing a hat, you’re going to be fried to a crisp within 30 minutes of exposure. This was summer in Joshua Tree.

Spring and fall were my favorite weather in JT. 

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these beauties come out in the spring time

Winters are generally pretty mild (low of 30s to 40s – high of 50s to 80s), it is still always sunny but the high winds begin occur more during this season and can be unkind if you get caught up in it. 

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puppies resting from the sun

We spent the first week unpacking, getting acclimated to our home, and potty training the puppies. It is our first rental home. 

When we lived in LA, we were in an apartment and did not have a yard. Having two puppies in an apartment clearly was not something we wanted to keep up with. They both like to run around and play bite and were knocking things over in our small space. A Shiba Inu would be fine in an apartment-infact in Japan they are most popular for being such awesome apartment dwellers, but a Rhodesian Ridgeback needs much more than a 900 sq. ft. apartment in my opinion. 

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Off leashing is cool out there.

 

Living in a remote location in Joshua Tree has it’s perks and disadvantages:

Extremely quiet life. We hardly hear anybody or anything. Occasionally hear the neighbors dogs or coyotes. 

There is no such thing as traffic. There is more than enough space for everybody on the road. You get to your destination when you want to get there.

People are warm. In a small town like this where there is not much commercialism and traffic going on, people seem to be more relaxed, warm, and friendly. 

Real thrift stores. I say ‘real’ because the prices of the things you are looking for, and the things you might want are really cheap. Unlike in LA where the sign says thrifty and the cheapest thing you will find at the store is $10. That is not the case in Joshua Tree.  

Joshua Tree National Park. The best part of living there was having access to this magical place.This is a completely different planet. I’ve never seen anything like this place in my whole life. It is other worldly amazing and a must see if you love landscape, peace, and quiet.

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my fave photoshoot from Joshua Tree National Park. it was 90 something degrees when this was taken.

Spectacular night skies. You can hang out with the ‘real’ stars out here in Joshua Tree. On a night where the moon is barely there is the best time for stargazing. I almost felt like I was drowning when I looked up, it was amazing! We’ve seen meteor showers on several occasions. 

Good yard space. All the houses we looked at had a decent sized yard. We chose to rent a house that is sitting on a half acre lot and the yard space is perfect for our puppies.

Homes for Rent. Zillow is a good website to look for listings out here in Joshua Tree. That’s all we used to get in touch with the realtors. The only tough part was traveling 2.5 hours each way whenever we had an appointment to see a house. You pretty much get your money’s worth out here AND MORE when it comes to renting. We looked at 3-4 houses that are in our price range and found the one we want at about $1,120/month for almost an acre of property (we were paying twice as much to rent tiny tiny space in Glendale, CA). We feel safe and super comfortable with the space that this place has allowed us to create.

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puppy patrol

Airconditioning IS A MUST.

Wear Sunscreen. Both indoors and outdoors.

Install blinds and black out curtains. this will help with the cost of cooling the house down.

Farmer’s Market. The farmers come every Saturday to bring fresh fruits, produce, and many more.

Yucca Valley. This is the neighboring town of JT. It is developed and they have the big box stores where you can buy what you need. 

People are dog lovers. Yup. There is a dog park and if you live in a remote area, you can pretty much take your doggies out for a walk on unpaved roads. Just gotta make sure you get them vaccinated for the rattlesnake bite.

Jobs. We both knew that moving out here means that there will be no jobs like there are jobs in the city. We have to create our own jobs to sustain our lifestyle and know that if you fail, you have to go back to the city. This was the reason why we had to go back to living close to a big metropolitan area.

Flash floods happen. It doesn’t rain often, but when it does, just stay home if you have a sedan. 

So dry. Here, you really learn how to drink water or you will start hallucinating because you’re dehydrated. You need to reapply a moisturizer 2-3 times a day.

We rent a PO BOX. The mail doesn’t come to our house and the post office is a 15 minute drive from us. 

Dirt roads. We have a sedan and if we take to Siri’s direction, she will take us to the dirt roads to get to the town. Once we figured out that there are paved roads, we always took that which added about 5-7 minutes to our drive which is not that bad. A truck would be ideal for living in remote areas in Joshua Tree.

We enjoyed our time out there. If you are seeking for a quiet place to live, or vacation, I would definitely recommend checking out Joshua Tree in the spring time.

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