James Bubar and his family on their
year for the past 30 years, my family and I have met in
Joshua Tree National Park over Thanksgiving. Itís an
experience we always look forward to Ė picnicking
outside, enjoying the scenery, and exploring new trails.
Itís also a place that is very special to me since itís
where Iíve seen my family grow up. Wherever my kids are
living Ė Washington, London, or New York Ė we always
make time to meet and pause and enjoy the parkís beauty.
It truly is a place of refuge from our everyday lives.
This year, we were lucky enough to have the
Superintendent David Smith give us a
tour of Indian Cove, one of his favorite hiking trails.
Following his lead, we scrambled through sand, cactus, boulders, and rock walls, and learned new things Ė
despite coming here for 30 years! For example, if you
cup your hands and breathe hot air on the leaves of a
creosote plant, youíll smell the desert after a
rainfall; or how frightening a female tarantula hawk is
once you know that it lays its eggs inside a tarantulaís
body. It was an experience we hadnít expected, and yet
another example of what makes the park so special.
Joshua Tree National Park is a stunning place that I
hope to share with my family for years to come. Itís so
important for us to keep it available and open to
everyone Ė which you can only truly understand by
visiting. I hope more and more people take the time to
enjoy the park, as my family and I have for the past 30
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James S. Bubar is an attorney in Washington, D.C.
practicing litigation, corporate, communications,
employment and real estate law.