The main purpose of this trip was to check out the summer Milky Way. I had gotten a wide angle lens, and this is the perfect opportunity to try it out.
After having tea with friends this afternoon, we timed our arrival to Joshua Tree right at sunset. Surprisingly, even though it was late, the entrance station was still opened, and we opted to get the annual pass.
The picnic dinner turned out perfectly. As we watched the sky turn purple and then dark, we had a kale salad followed by a Thai pasta salad, together with black plum juice. We used our picnic basket for the first time here.
Then, the stars emerged. We made our way to Hidden Valley, where we talked along some of the trails at night, watching the Milky Way emerge.