For my fortieth birthday all I wanted was a backpacking trip with my girlfriends. That’s it! I didn’t want a party or lavish gifts, just some girl time away from life’s stresses. My girlfriend Gail made it happen and we spent a weekend laughing with tears, sleeping under the stars, and consuming food fit for a backpacker that included wine. Nothing makes me more happy than being around positive people who love the same things I do. Women that are strong, fun, honest, compassionate, and adventurous. Joshua Tree National Park didn’t fail us in the least bit. Not only were we given beautiful weather but no cell service. We were disconnected with the outside world and it was quite lovely.