Joshua Tree, California
The desert serves as a reminder of how tenacious and adaptable nature is. The environment provides none of the essential elements that are usually needed to sustain life, yet the land still thrives with its own unique mix of plants, insects, and animals.
The Joshua Tree gives this national park in California its name and fame. A single tree can live hundreds of years, and is named so by Mormons that were reminded of Joshua's (from the Bible) hands held up in prayer. Crazy how almost everything has some religious reference.
Besides the characteristic trees, what I remember vividly is how magical the stars look from here. Unobstructed by city lights and elevated 3000 feet, I've never gazed in awe at the night sky until this day. Magic does exist on this planet.