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Joshua Tree Journeys: Juli Wright

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

@U2, March 20, 2017
By: Juli Wright

 

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

My husband had always wanted to see Death Valley, and he’d been teasing, “We could go to the Joshua tree, too!” So during June of 2016, our family (we plus two tweens) hopped in the minivan for a two-week road trip from Pennsylvania.  

Before going, I researched the site location, and printed notes and images. My biggest help in locating “the spot” was a friend who had been there. She provided specific clues that were extremely helpful (including: “BRING BINOCULARS!”).  

On June 16, Death Valley was experiencing a heatwave. I had visions of headlines like: “Unprepared tourist family of 4 perishes in desert heat, attacked by scorpions, following Mom’s rock ’n’ roll scavenger hunt.” Despite my fears (and a morning forecast in the upper 80s), the temperature at the site, at about 7 a.m. local time, was a cool 57 degrees. The adventurous hunt for clues, then finding the correct spot (after a few drive-bys), was invigorating!

Joshua Tree Journeys: Juli Wright

Seeing the actual (fallen) tree, along with all of the fan items left nearby, was surreal. I daydreamed: “This is the exact spot where they stood while writing my favorite album ever!” I visualized them there. Reading messages and tributes from fellow fans was inspiring — and I was amazed these relics survived the desert climate for so long! They also motivated me to prepare something more grand than “just a note” for my next visit … because I’m sure my hubs will want to see the Valley again.

Joshua Tree Journeys: Juli Wright

(c) @U2/Wright, 2017.



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