We have been staying at a wide variety of motels and Air BnBs and I thought tonight we would be camping but the campgrounds were filled. I think Chris is secretly pleased. I am determined to have not schlepped a tent and sleeping bags along with us in vain. At some point we WILL camp! But tonight we are staying at the Safari Motor Motel and at $55. a night it is a real deal. In fact, the refrigerator is larger and has a freezer and the TV is an up-to-date flat screen, neither of which had last night at Caliente Tropics and we paid $40. more. Last night Chris watched the Wisconsin basketball game on his ipad to get higher resolution!
Joshua Tree is a gorgeous place but I am so glad to be here in March! I think it only got up to about 82 today and that was perfect weather to be in the desert. I do not have the hardiness it takes to live in this climate. I moved away from Wisconsin to get away from sub zero weather and months of snow. In this arid place I could not tolerate the burning heat of summer and the ever shifting sands. I wonder; do they need sand sweepers to clear roads on a regular rotation? The blue skies and pastel sunsets are lovely though. We never get enough of those in Seattle. We hiked the Hidden Valley Trail and drove through the park from the Joshua Tree entrance to the 29 Palms entrance. The desert is desolate and serene and yet very alive if you look and listen closely.