[This and a number of future posts were written during our stay in Joshua Tree National Park. They’ll come out over the next few days and will eventually catch up with real life, which has us staying by a local non-English-speaking family in a tiny 98% Latino / Mexican city. More to come on that.]
Written on Thursday, March 31st
Yesterday rocked. Spending time outdoors with Aaron was tons of fun. We started our day with a four-mile hike to an old mine and ten-stamp mill, then headed to Hidden Valley for some high, challenging, and safe bouldering.
Watching the trad climbers tackle difficult lines was inspiring, and we ended up spending 9:30am to 9pm outdoors. We hadn’t intended to be out all day, but fortunately we had a gallon of water each and a good deal of snacks.
Our strategy of getting rides everywhere has been working wonderfully and last night we scored ourselves a lunch invitation in Yuma. After hiking from Hidden Valley to Barker Dam – a surprising oasis in the desert – we got a lift to Keys Ranch, where we had an evening tour scheduled. Kevin – our new Yuma friend – didn’t have a ticket, but Aaron’s friendliness convinced the ranger to let him sneak on to the tour.
We all enjoyed the Keys Ranch tour. The ranger guide was very into the Keys family history and brought alive life on the ranch. Dinner and a campfire later had us quickly ready for sleep. Another great day in the outdoors.
posted by yair