Hiking In Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and 49 Palms Oasis

30 03 2011

After a restful Saturday night in the quiet parking lot of Willy Boy’s Saloon, we woke up and went for what Ayo said would be a walk around the parking lot. It ended up being a two mile walk on a trail in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, where we met some cool folks and got an active start to our morning. (Okay, it was 11:30am.)

Attack Of The Sunblock Monster!

Attack Of The Sunblock Monster!

Later in the day we forged on down Highway 62 toward Twentynine Palms where we dipped our feet into Joshua Tree National Park. The hike to Fortynine Palms Oasis is quite pretty and also happened to be on our way to the supermarket near the main entrance to JTree, so taking a few hours to explore the area was a no-brainer.

Find The RV (Click For Larger Shot)

Find The RV (Click For Larger Shot, And Then Zoom In. You'll Need It.)

[Yair] A brief note: This was my first time in a national park. Yes, any national park. It won’t be my last.

The hike was moderate and was punctuated by cool views, boulders, cacti, and attempts to find endangered tortoises. The oasis popped out at the end of the trail, standing in sharp contrast to the rocky hills that surround it. On our hike in we stopped and enjoyed a few nice moments of total quiet. The oasis was a noise-fest! Frogs and birds kept the air filled with ribbits and all kinds of chirps and squawks. After hanging out for a bit we took the route out at a fast clip, happy with our afternoon outside.

A Colorful Cactus

Ayo Found This Colorful Cactus From Afar

Colorful Cactus Up Close

Colorful Cactus Up Close

The Oasis In The Distance

The Oasis In The Distance

Approaching The Oasis

Approaching The Oasis

Ayo and Yair On 49 Palms Oasis Hike

Ayo and Yair On 49 Palms Oasis Hike

Overnight spot: Stater Brothers in Twentynine Palms. Not glamorous, but it worked.

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7 responses

30 03 2011
Matt

Cool pictures. I must admit I lost most of my concentration after reading “first time in a national park”. That’s CRAZY!

2 04 2011
amybetho

That IS totally crazy, though not uncommon among East Coasters. I don’t knock NY, but we definitely don’t have the natural beauty that you West Coasters do.

Separately, after five incredible days in Joshua Tree (we just left a few hours ago), Yair and I are way stoked for more parks this spring and summer.

31 03 2011
Shira

Cool, you guys! Amy, live your hiker’s headband. Hope JTNP is everything you wanted it to be. Sending lots of love!

2 04 2011
amybetho

Thanks, dear! Speaking of apparel, did you by chance get a surprise gift from me this week? 😀

31 03 2011
tiffany

Hello!
we were just in 29 palms and JTNP a few weeks back.. just found your blog, and as fellow younger travels thought we would say hello!

2 04 2011
amybetho

Hey Tiffany! I thought I’d take a quick peek at your blog, but got pulled in pretty quickly. Awesome design and great photos.

Where are you guys headed next? I didn’t see SO much information in your About Us page, so how long have you been on the road? We left Beverly Hills a couple of weeks ago, so it seems like we are doing the same treks in opposite order. Safe travels!

3 04 2011
tiffany

Hi!
Thanks for the nice comment about our blogs (O:
We had planned on heading into Sequoia and Yosemite and going that way, but… the weather and continuous snow is a no go for us, we are going to stay South and see some places we didn’t get to see on the way out West from NC, we plan to see Sedona, Albuquerque and Santa Fe next.. what about you? Where are your next stops?
Oh, and we left the beginning of January and it has flown by for the most part! Here’s our email if you want to respond that way (:
yoohoo@wanderingairstream.com
*tiffany*

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