Before heading north to see family after our short stay in Joshua Tree, we spent one afternoon in the Indian Canyons. We hiked the Palm Canyon trail, and it was AMAZING. If ever you are visiting Joshua Tree or Palm Springs, or driving South on I-10, it is absolutely worth the detour.
We originally planned to stay for just an hour or so- we had family to visit and LA traffic to avoid. But there is something is so enticing about about a desert oasis! Matt and I both felt that Palm Canyon was one of the most unique hikes we had ever been on. One hour turned into two as picnicked in the shade and slowed our pace to enjoy the scenery.
Annie was in heaven. She hiked the whole time, throwing rocks in the water whenever she got the chance and sliding down the steeper sections on her bum. Needless to say, she was covered in a thin layer of dust by the time we got back to the car.
Since we've been home, Matt and I have started to put more effort into taking out the camera to capture little moments, slowing them down in the process, and allowing us to hold onto them forever. I didn't realize how much I was missing this piece of our everyday life. Somewhere in the midst of being pregnant last year or having a newborn, I think I fell into more of a survival mode than I realized. It didn't feel like I had time or energy for pictures or writing. And somehow even with all of our time at home due to social distancing, it has still taken me until just recently to find a balance.
But I'm recommitting. I want to look back on 2020 and have the life we're living be defined by the pictures we took. We may not take the vacations we had planned, we may not do as much or see as much as we have in previous years, but our girls are still learning and growing, and we're still making memories. We're still together and this is still our life and our story. And in that sense, 2020 still has potential to be a pretty good year :)