Day trip to Joshua Tree

A friend of mine who just moved to LA via Hawaii was itching to see the desert. Not wanting to drive all the way to Death Valley we decided to head to Joshua tree for the day. I'm always down for a trip to Joshua Tree (day or night) and the fact my friend has a convertible sealed the deal. It's really amazing how scenery and mundane routes can feel new and inspiring when there's new roof on the car. Anyway, these are some shots I got on the way to and at Joshua tree..