After flying into LAX, we got our camper van rental sorted and headed to watch the skateboarders at Venice Beach. A display of style, enthusiasm and grace was evident as the local and traveling skaters put on a show. With a huge amount of respect and support we sat, watched, took pictures and cheered on their tricks. The time and years of practice is clear as they glide around the park with ease. Satisfied and in awe we set off for a long drive to do some exploring in Joshua Tree National Park.