We travel all the time; just the two of us. We welcomed the rare occasions when friends flew out to join us in far-flung places: Thailand, New Zealand, Tanzania, Canada, Washington State, and now California.
January in Palm Springs, California is generally sunny and very pleasant. Our friend, Dale, came first to visit, and he and Joe spent days bicycling the back roads of Palm Springs. Jeannie came later, and that’s when we all headed out to see boulders and Joshua trees in the desert.
On the drive in to the Park, we did some quick reading to orient ourselves. Turns out that Joshua Tree National Park is a “connecting” park between the Mojave Desert (higher elevation and wetter) and the Colorado Desert (lower elevation and drier). The northwest side of the park is in the Mojave Desert and the southeast section is in the Colorado Desert. We weren’t really sure what desert we were in as we headed off to hike the Barker Dam nature trail, which is near the middle of the park.
The simple loop trail threw us off. We couldn’t find our path through the rocks. It took a minute but then Dale found it. We scrambled on.
After travelling so many days with just each other’s company, having friends along made the past week all the better.