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Joshua Tree Journeys: Carlos Delgado

Lincoln, California, U.S.A.

@U2, April 10, 2017
By: Carlos Delgado



[Ed. note: This is the twenty eighth in our series, which highlights visits to the U2 Joshua Tree, as shared by our readers.]

The year 2011 was tough. We had just moved from Miami to San Diego. We had no friends or family nearby. Holidays can be kind of sad when you are not surrounded by your loved ones, so my wife and 11-month-old son went back to Florida to spend Thanksgiving with her parents while I stayed in California to work. 

I was completely alone on that special day, but instead of feeling sorry for myself, I decided to make one of my dreams come true: Visit the actual U2 Joshua tree and re-create the photo cover of the album. The drive was only five hours, so I went for it. I had a cheap digital camera and stopped by Target to buy a tripod, for obvious reasons. 

Driving through the Mojave Desert listening to The Joshua Tree was a unique experience: it was only me, the music, beautiful mountains, blue desert sky and an endless empty highway. The Inyo County Highway Patrol officer who pulled me over was really surprised to see my joyful expression when he gave me the speeding ticket for $380. "So where are you going so fast, Buddy?" I responded, “To see the Joshua tree, sir.” He replied, “There are thousands of them here.” I just smiled and told him, "I know, sir, I know"...

As the moment got closer and my excitement level increased, I noticed that my destination was just a few minutes away. "Where The Streets Have No Name" was the perfect soundtrack at that particular moment. When I stepped out of the car and started walking to the tree, what I felt is hard to describe with words. It got better when I started to recognize the landscape — reimagining those enigmatic black-and-white photographs I saw on the album artwork when I was a teenager.

Joshua Tree Journeys: Carlos Delgado

There it was: not standing anymore, not dead, immortalized and surrounded by various tributes left by fellow fans. It was a magic moment — and trust me, for some reason I did not feel alone. It was one of the most memorable moments of my life. I also thought it was my best Thanksgiving day ever, but I was wrong: The best one was almost exactly four years after. On Thursday, Nov. 26, my wife and I took our 4-year-old son to see the tree. Everything is better when you experience the trip with your loved ones.

Joshua Tree Journeys: Carlos Delgado

(c) @U2/Delgado, 2017.

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