We recently spent a long week in the desert southwest exploring and also celebrating my birthday/yearly mid-life crisis. Here are a few pics of and a few paragraphs about my new favorite piece of America.
After spending a few days giving our money to strangers in Vegas we grabbed a rental and headed south to the California desert. Our original plans were to spend three days hiking at Joshua Tree National Park, but the government shut-down-shit-show ruined those plans so we scrambled to find state parks in which to stretch our hiking legs. We had the best luck at Anza Borrego Desert State Park just west of the Salton Sea, and at Big Morongo Canyon state preserve on the western boundaries of Joshua Tree NP. Our base of operations during this portion of the trip was at the 29 Palms Inn, a small oasis cluster of adobe huts at the edge of town looking over the northern ridges of Joshua Tree. If you are ever in the area and are seeking out the kind of lodging that Georgia O’Keefe would approve of then look no further than the 29 Palms Inn. The restaurant on the premises is probably the best in town and has nightly live music – we lucked out on the nights we were there and heard some of the best fiddles from both sides of the Atlantic – Holder & Smith rule the earth.
Despite our original plans falling through we made the best of our time and got to see a lot more of southern California than we expected. Since we had more free time during the hiking portion of our trip we spent a lot of it talking with locals over various alcoholic beverages and I came away with a sense that if the government shutdown continued for a long time or the apocalypse came that the people of the high desert would be ok – they’ve managed to muster an existence out there under the sun and I have a special appreciation for those who make the best of their lot in life.
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