for our first joshua tree big adventure, i dragged the kids out for a short hike in hidden valley. i think technically it was a “nature walk”, but it had some good spots to climb and explore, so we’ll call it a hike.
things started off great. we were a little chilly in the shade, but that kept us moving quickly to the sunshine. the kids worked on their ranger books as we strolled along. which meant that they weren’t paying attention, which meant that one of them would slip, and become bloody, and angry, and demand to go home. but, i talked him into moving along, since we were already this far along. and pledged to get him some new grippy sneakers.
upon completion of our hike, we went straight back to the campsite. there really was no convincing them to go on a second adventure. it was fun, but not THAT fun.
for our next excursion into the park, this time with derek along for the ride, we decided to drive the long and boring road through the park, to the soutside, to check out cottonwood springs. on the way, we stopped at the cholla cactus garden, for a quick little stroll.
we were took late getting back to the more scenic areas to get any good sunset pics, but i did manage this post sunset pink sky shot. (never fear, in a future outing, i scored one million sunset pics).
so. the hidden valley hike. awesome.
cholla cactus garden. pretty cool.
cottonwood springs. definitely not worth the drive.