I have been thinking of this place, Joshua Tree, recently. I remember this trip in 2005. It was a "100 year bloom." Conditions had been just right for a remarkable show of blossoms from the trees. It really was totally awesome. (I don't know why this particular tree doesn't appear to be blooming. and maybe I will dig up some of the other photos to see what's up.)
This was a wonderful place, truly remarkable and awesome, even without a 100 year bloom, well worth a pilgrimage.