Episode 11: Joshua Tree
With sun warrior Wanda ready to hit the road, Amazing Capes spun a 180 and began its journey back east. Through uncanny valleys of wind turbines we drove duskward into the California desert. Traveling the same roads as U2, we too were drawn to the unique stretch of earth that forms Joshua Tree National Park. Identifiable by the fact that it seems as if this particular tree stepped right out of a Dr Suess book- the Joshua Tree looks like a furry 1970’s giant. These trees are unidentifiable as to their age, being hollow with no rings on the inside; so we like to think they are infinitesimally old dino plants… beholding the magical of energy of all they’ve seen crossing the terrain before them.
Driving into the national park, stocked up on water and alien snacks, what soon became equally astounding as these wildly distinctive tree formations was the vast array of boulders blasting from the earth in the most spectacular crushing formations. We parked Wanda at the opening to Hidden Valley, a legendary bit of the park for the cattle rustlers that would hide out there between the massive rocks and inside the caves. Keeping an eye out for rattlesnakes, the slight breeze lifted our capes and the magnetic energy of the rocks pulled us in. Old energy, magic, lore, ancient creatures, and resilient greenery encompassed us in Joshua Tree. A hawk circling overhead, the rustling of a yucca plant, a Joshua Tree split in half from its long existence… Amazing Capes hopes to channel all this ancient energy into frontier-forward designs in the future... As the elevation dropped when we exited the park and the Joshua Trees were suddenly no longer in view, the brightness of the afternoon sun made it all suddenly feel like a hazy dream.
AC Truth 11: In the same way the Joshua Tree only grows when surrounded by a very unique set of elements… pay attention to what set of elements channel your own personal growth and consciously surround yourself in them.