The drive down is VERY long. I am not good at being cooped up in a stall (the car). Sometimes there is lots to see, but it is miles of rolling hills, then trees (first walnut, then almond, then citrus and more), then miles of flat much drier desert.
|rolling green hills|
|aqueduct and oil wells|
|windmills (these things are huge!)|
But once in Palm Springs there is great architecture (I love mid-century modern), desert hikes, good food, a great pool, and horses (more on that later). We took a lovely hike out to a palm oasis.
|beware (especially when taking close-ups)|
|not all is cactus|
|after the bloom, still beautiful|
|Lost Palms Canyon|
|the folks hiking back UP from the oasis, steep!|
|a desert friend|
We went to a polo match, but that deserves a whole post of its own!
And where did we go next? Here's a hint:
|looks almost fake (the scene of many movies)|
Joshua Tree National Park. Gorgeous. Monumental. Easier to show you the photos than to try and find words.
|Joshua tree (which is a type of yucca, not a tree) in bloom|
|Amazing view (click to see even better)|
|Hope they found him...|
|yucca and rocks|
|Hidden Valley (reminded me of the planet in Galaxy Quest, yes, I'm THAT cultured)|
|didn't make it|
Some people don't like the desert, they think that it is so barren. But it is so full of beautiful things, just not the obviousness we are used to thinking of as beautiful. I love to visit, though I don't think I could live there.
Driving home we had to stop for dinosaurs. Awesome dinosaurs. I wanted to stop not just because roadside attractions are cool, but because these dinos feature in one of my favorite silly movies, Pee Wee's Big Adventure. You can go into the dinosaur too, but the museum inside is not my thing, just seeing the outside was enough.
|rarrrr! my tiny arms!|
|brontosaurus looks on dispassionately (or worried)|
Then another 9 hours home. Stuck in the stall. It still was a fun adventure.