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