From our visit in Joshua Park I have very little to say other than it was beautiful. We went there very first thing in the morning to watch sunrise (we were little late, sun already rose, when we came) but we still managed to get some cute photos. Nature was beautiful and in that time of morning it wasn’t too hot. To tell more, I turn to Wikipedia, that tells us this story about Joshua Tree National Park.
” Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California. Declared a U.S. National Park in 1994 when the U.S. Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act (Public Law 103-433), it had previously been a U.S. National Monument since 1936. It is named for the Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) native to the park. Area is slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island. A large part of the park, some 429,690 acres (173,890 ha), is a designated wilderness area. Straddling the San Bernardino County/Riverside County border, the park includes parts of two deserts, each an ecosystem whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation: the higher Mojave Desert and lower Colorado Desert. The Little San Bernardino Mountains run through the southwest edge of the park. – – In 1973, Phil Kaufman attempted to cremate singer/songwriter Gram Parsons’ remains here. To this day, people continue to visit in tribute to Parsons.
The paved main road allows visitors to drive to major attractions and through the park. The unpaved roads may require a vehicle with high ground clearance, and four-wheel drive.” (source)
That Phil Kaufman – Gram Parsons case was new to me, so I little bit googled over it too.
“Gram Parsons was one of the most influential musicians of his generation — though the true extent of his influence would not be felt until after his death. The singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist was a pioneer in country rock, and the unusual aftermath of his passing — being burned in the desert by his friend and road manager — cemented his legendary status. The court case from that incident was settled on Nov. 6, 1973.
Parsons died from a massive overdose of morphine and alcohol on Sept. 19, 1973. In honor of a mutual pact they had shared, his friend and tour manager Phil Kaufman — whose notorious road exploits with artists ranging from Frank Zappa to Nanci Griffith earned him the moniker ‘Road Mangler’ — stole Parsons’ body from Los Angeles International Airport, where it was being readied for shipping to Louisiana — against the singer’s stated wishes.
Kaufman and a friend drove Parsons’ body out to Joshua Tree National Park, where Parsons and Kaufman had agreed that they would each burn the other’s body if it became necessary. Reaching the Cap Rock section of the park as promised, Kaufman poured gas into Parsons’ casket and threw in a lit match, resulting in a fireball. After a few days Kaufman and his friend were taken into custody, but as there was no law at that time against stealing a body, the two were fined just $750. Parsons was eventually buried in Garden of Memories of Metairie, Louisiana.” (source)
I have to make a confession: I’m a movie freak! If you are like me and you want to prepare to your trip by watching movies (so on your trip you can keep telling “This is the spot that this and that happened in the movie!”), here’s a little list of most popular films that Joshua Tree National Park has been seen on the big screen.
Grand Theft Parsons (2003) (about Gram Parsons case)