We are midway through our stay in Palm Springs, and having a wonderful time. So far we've had two chilly days and two warm days, seen two Film Fest viewings, run along the base of the glorious San Jacintos, soaked lots and lots in the RV park's hot tub while getting to know some of the people snow birding here for the winter from parts up north, and hung out at a sports bar watching Notre Dame humiliate themselves against Alabama. Sigh. Poor Mike. He waited so long for this day!
So today we took a break from urban life, and headed out to Joshua Tree National Park for a bit of quiet hiking and communing with nature. The plan was to hike the Lost Palms Oasis Trail, a 7 mile out and back hike, then shoot over the hill via picturesque Box Canyon Road for some hiking recovery therapy - date shakes from Oasis Date Gardens in Thermal.
We headed for the ranger station first to check on the weather and trail conditions before heading out. When the ranger found out we were doing the Lost Palms Oasis Trail he warned us to be prepared for a four to six hour hike. I was shocked and said, "Really? Because my hiking book shows it as a 3.5 hour hike, and we're normally a good bit faster than the book." The ranger said he'd just done the trail in four hours, and had fallen going down the last little descent because he was going too fast, so 3.5 hours seemed rather unrealistic to him.
As we got back into the car to drive to the trail head I told Mike I was a bit worried that I hadn't packed enough food for six hours on the trail, so we agreed that if we started to feel concerned the hike was taking too long we'd turn around and head back early.
|Mike at the start of the Lost Palms Oasis trail.|
Some photos from the trail:
|Glowing red barrel cactus|
|Ocotilla. In the spring these will be covered in bright red flowers.|
|Cute little hedgehog cactus|
|Date shakes and almond stuffed dates with coconut|