Word-Of-the-Week #872: Captivation

April 22, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

Captivation – a feeling of great liking for something wonderful and unusual.

When was the last time you experienced something wonderful and unusual? Is there a special captivating place you’ve been wanting to visit?

This week’s WOW is a serendipitous follow up to last weeks Enchantment. Ironically, I was on a road trip to Joshua Tree and Borrego Springs!

I had planned a get away with my girlfriend Sandra to celebrate our birthdays back in late January. But with COVID restrictions it just didn’t feel like the right time to venture out. We weren’t sure if restaurants were open and frankly, I didn’t want to go on a vacation and have to cook!

As it turns out March and April are two of the best months to enjoy the desert. I call it Goldilocks’ weather…not too hot and not too cold. What makes Joshua Tree so captivating are the twisted, bristled Joshua trees, and the rock formations.

“With nearly 800,000 acres of mystical beauty, Joshua Tree National Park is undoubtedly one of the world’s most incredible natural desert treasures. Sweeping and grand in scale, along with the all the trees, it’s populated by granite monoliths and voluptuous rock and boulder formations.”

FUN-fact – The Joshua Tree is known to grow in just two places on Earth. Here and somewhere near Jerusalem.

We spent two days hiking and exploring before heading off to Borrego Springs, home to the world-famous Sky Art Metal Sculptures and one of the few designated International Dark Sky Communities in the world.

More exploring was on our list of things to do and see along with some relaxation at the La Casa Del Zorro Spa. 😊 While we didn’t get a super bloom like 2017 we did get to see some nice desert flower blooms.

More FUN-facts – There are an amazing 130 full-sized metal sculptures – many inspired by creatures that roamed this same desert millions of years ago. The artworks range from prehistoric mammals to historical characters, fanciful dinosaurs, and a 350-foot-long fanciful serpent.

Borrego Springs is completely surrounded by Anza-Borrego State Park, the largest California State Park.

This week’s focus is on finding captivation. What would you want to do or see that would be wonderful and unusual? Can you make that happen this year?

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