Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park

We have just spent a glorious three weeks in the Palm Springs area of Southern California soaking in the sun.  The weather has been fantastic for us, highs around 80 degrees which is 10 degrees above normal for this time of year. The Thousand Trails park we are in has a nice pool so we have used it quite a bit. But when not relaxing poolside we’ve managed a few interesting day trips. One such trip was down the eastern side of the Salton Sea to visit the quirky community of Slab City. The trip down was nice. We drove through the Salton Sea State park stopping a few times to admire the view and take in the variety of birds, our favourite being the large white pelicans.

The highlight of Slab City was Salvation Mountain.  It was amazing to see the work this dude put into the place and we spent an hour looking at all the art he did.

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Another interesting side trip we did was to a nature preserve  just a few miles from our location in Thousand Palms called the Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve. We had a nice visit with some of the people who volunteer at the little visitor center then hiked out to a beautiful natural oasis in the rugged desert hills. The palm trees were so cool the scene made for these great shots of Anne sitting by the small water hole.

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Of course being in Palm Springs we had to head downtown to experience the main drag, have a bite to eat and stroll around among the old historic buildings now converted to shops and restaurants. Anne picked out a great Mexican restaurant and we had a good feed on Mexican cuisine. Walking around it was obvious that the city had the name right, palm trees everywhere! I really liked the super tall skinny ones.

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Also downtown was a cool statue of Marilyn Monroe.

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Those are some of the touristy highlights but the main reason we came to the area was to visit Joshua Tree National Park.  If you follow my blog you know we love the national parks! We dragged the fifth wheel up from Palm Springs to the higher Joshua Tree at about 4000 ft. above sea level. Big blue did a good job and we found an awesome spot for 10 bucks a night at Belle Campground.

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Look for my next post on the spectacular Joshua Tree N.P. coming soon…

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