We only left 20 minutes later than planned due to the mercy/kindness/charity/all other virtues of the Bloods who offered to watch Colby and Alice while we finished packing. We arrived just in time to set up camp and put the kids to bed. The kids entertained themselves by climbing boulders and exploring the many caves and tunnels around the campsite.
We didn't leave much time to explore this park (when you plan an epic road trip, something's gotta give), so I hope we'll go back someday.
By the way, this is what a Joshua Tree looks like:
It's like a Dr. Suess illustration come to life.
After we got the kids to sleep (which took some work...Claire was overtired and hot), we listened to a pack of coyotes howl (they were surprisingly considerate of sleeping hours), watched the sunset, and saw the Milky Way in all it's glory. Robb spent several hours reading up on how to photograph the stars. Unfortunately he expected I would actually be familiar with the settings on my camera, so it didn't quite turn out the way he hoped. Here's his best one: