Nearly every day for the last two months, Daphney had been asking about camping—not just any camping, but specifically in Joshua Tree, or where there are foxes (Santa Cruz Island). The other request is to have a campfire, both in the evening and the following morning. That rules out the Santa Cruz site. Now that Joshua Tree National Park offers some reservation sites, we found the single open spot for the weekend. Sometimes, impromptu camping brings the most joy.

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