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Joshua Tree in fall – perfect blue skies, bright sun, dry hot days, slightly cooler nights and even cooler mornings.  Wind that picks up out of nowhere.  A beautifully preserved sprawling national park that soothes with its giant sky and namesake Joshua trees.  A funky little town with a couple of sweet places for food, a farmer’s market on the weekend that is what a farmer’s market should be –  a place of reunion,  not just a place to shop.  Lots of tattoos and dreads and yoga bodies. Vintage clothes shops dot Highway 62, nearby in Pioneertown an old Hollywood western set is now a food and music venue.  I was invited to a stargazing party by a guy with silver hair, a faded t-shirt and multiple silver earrings outside the farmer’s market.  I never made it, but I loved being asked…

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Joshua Tree Shortlist: Joshua Tree National Park for amazing hikes and gorgeous light. Natural Sisters for great vegetarian lunch after hitting the farmer’s market. Crossroads Café for fish tacos. 29 Palms Inn – a cool old hotel with funky rooms and a lovely patio where you can eat outside in the desert night.