Starry Eyed at Joshua Tree – The Perseid Meteor Shower Experience

“Come with us to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower in Joshua Tree!”


“Right now!”

“But I’m not ready. I don’t have anything packed. This is too last minute! I didn’t plan for this.”

“What do you have to do on a Friday night that’s more important than THIS?”


4 cars. 11 stargazers. 506 Perseid Meteors.

Our car left around 9 PM. We were the last in our group of 4 cars to make it to Jumbo Rocks Campground, Joshua Tree National Park, California at 12 AM. Our group winged this one so we didn’t have a reserved campground. YOLO.

Pekkle 1
Photo Credit: Pekkle Tran, Adventure Squad

“The Most Incredible Meteor Shower In A Decade Will Peak This Week”

According to IFLScience! the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower on Friday, August 12 from 1 AM – 4 AM, was anticipated to be even more impressive than usual. They were right.

The entire place was filled with stargazers. I’ve never seen the place so crowded. It looked like a zoo! Fortunately, we weren’t too late. Our group of 11 arrived just in time for the show to start.

Our modern day Philosopher and Historian Duy of Adventure Squad said this meteor shower is a result of Jupiter’s gravitational pull, which influences the orbits of these particles. The outcome is a closer direction of the meteors towards Earth.

The origin of the Meteor Shower’s name is attributed to its location in the constellation, Perseus.

Earth is Venus.

12:37am: 11 stargazers laying on top of a Jumbo Rock, looking up at the milky way, talking about life..
What I think about when I stargaze lol (This is also the screensaver on my phone)
Captured a Meteor? Or an airplane?

From its first recording in 36 CE up until today, the Perseid Meteor Shower is a must-see every July/August.

The fast meteors appeared in all directions. If you didn’t pay attention, you’d definitely miss it. With the big ones, it’s easy to tell but some of the smaller meteors could be mistaken for satellites or plane trails. They streaked the sky and left behind smoke trails.

I was only able to capture 2 massive ones on my Nikon because I suck.

I just realized I forgot to make ANY wishes 🙄

Double fail. Guess I’m coming back next year.

But we did catch quite a few with our naked eyes up until the sun rose.

It ain't a party without HOT CHEETOS
It ain’t a party without HOT CHEETOS

The cool summer breeze on this desert night was the perfect atmosphere for singing, snacking, photography, sharing stories, and telling pick up lines. I had the best pick up line of course 😏

camera party!
Pekkle 2
Under the Desert Sky, Photo Creds: Pekkle Tran, Adventure Squad
Captured Meteor or airplane? + Cathy and her friend on the rock across us

We stayed up until dawn to experience this incredible night in its entirety. It was the first time for many of us and it was better than we imagined, especially for an unplanned trip.

Sunrise drives home

Moral of this story?

Always have a pick-up line ready.

Because you never know when you’re going to need it 😉

AND… sometimes all you need is a spontaneous road trip with an amazing group of friends to remember how great life really is. A lot of the best moments happen when things don’t go according to plan.

If you’re itching for more stories, check out my most recent backpacking trip across Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon, Arizona.

When was your last spontaneous trip? I’d love to hear about yours! 😁❤️🙏🏽

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