Weekend Travelogues: Spooky Skull Rock

It’s almost Halloween! This time of year feels so eerie. Perhaps it’s because fall is all about the world going into dormancy, or just the stark change in seasons. Even places that are not inherently scary begin to seem a little spooky. Case in point: Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. Keep reading to see how spooky this place can seem:
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I visited Joshua Tree National Park with my little brother Brett in the winter of 2009. We were both on school holidays and took a long roundabout road trip through the West.
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Joshua Tree is famous not only for joshua trees (go figure) but also world class rock climbing. Brett and I are not skilled climbers (don’t make me laugh!) but we scrambled all over the giant rock piles. Brett climbed this tower:
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Some previous hiker had spent some time designing this big creative and creepy spider:
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All of these rocks standing precariously in the desert feels somehow ominous:
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Even the yucca plant spikes look frightening:
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Do you see the giant unearthly fist?
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Some previous hiker had a lot of time on their hands (and an excess of rocks) and got wild with a spiral. It’s incongruous to come across huge man-made arrangements of stone in a place that feels so wild:
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Here is ‘Skull Rock’
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Are you scared yet? Those rocky eye sockets are creepy…
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After wandering among all the oddly shaped rocks, Brett and I hiked a few miles into the back-country and set up our little tent. The tent was even appropriately Halloween colored:
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This makes me wonder what’s hiding in all those stark rock crevices leaning over our tent.
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It was a wintry sunrise from our tent door. There were some skeletal joshua trees standing over our campsite:
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Want to see what else is out in the rocks? Just hike a little further down the trail in Joshua Tree National Park:
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….Anyone else visit a place that feels scarier than it should?

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