Being like a tree in the desert snow! Joshua Tree National Park

Great day trip from Downtown Los Angeles for desert sunsets and serenity in Joshua Tree National Park.

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Downtown Muse Day Trip — jumping for joy at Joshua Tree’s Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture

Since 1989, Noah Purifoy has filled two-and-a-half acres of the high desert in Joshua Tree with a sculpture garden that has synthesized the concerns of his life. Working freely with all kinds of materials and at every possible scale, he pushed himself and his work to create what many of us who have experienced his desert site feel needs to be preserved for posterity.

The isolated site receives five to ten visitors a week, people from all over the world who have heard about him and his project largely through word of mouth. A caring and dedicated group of individuals has established the Noah Purifoy Foundation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The land upon which Noah lived and worked for over 10 years was donated and is now in the care of the Noah Purifoy Foundation. An additional two lots adjacent to his original site was purchased and donated to provide a total space of seven-and-a-half acres for the sculpture garden and future cultural center.

Sunset in Los Angeles … (Venice Beach – Los Angeles)

Oh, my … a jumper! San Francisco, 1/6/12

Golden Gate Bridge National Park

Rock scrambling at Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park, 1/13/12

Today I learned that, if you smile REAL BIG until your face hurts and keep it that way no matter what, you can hold back tears for damn near seven hours until you have to open your mouth to say “good bye.” (Big Sur, California)