We decided to take a short trip to Palm Springs the other week because I had never been and always wanted to go. Its about a 2 1/2 – 3 hour drive from our place here in LA which isn’t bad, especially if you have a few podcasts to listen to. Our first stop on the way to Palm Springs was to see the Cabazon Dinosaurs, they’re literally just off of the I-10! They’re pretty awesome, and HUGE.
It’s free to see these guys since they’re just chillin’ in a parking lot beside a Burger King. Kind of hilarious.
Also on the way to Palm Springs – A BILLION WIND TURBINES.
Seriously, look at them! Theres so many! It makes sense though since it’s super windy driving down this road.
We didn’t go directly to Palm Springs because our main focus on our first day was to visit Joshua Tree National Park. It’s about a 45 minute drive from the Cabazon Dinosaurs, and 45 minutes north of Palm Springs. So it was a bit of a trek, but it’s totally worth it. It’s amazing. We drove through the entire thing, which is huge! We noticed the rocks and Joshua Trees are really only in the front of the park, so if you’re just there to see those you don’t have to go too far. To get into the park you just have to pay a $30 fee and it’s good for 7 days.
Should I have climbed up on rocks that feel like sandpaper while wearing shoes with no grip and a romper? No. Did I? Yes. Did I give up half way? Yes. Will I try again when I come back with pants on in the winter? Heck yes.
Matt took this at the very top of the rocks. Pretty sick view huh?
Next we checked out the cholla cactus garden. Also, apparently you’re supposed to pronounce it “Choy-ah”. Did I say it wrong before I found that out? You betcha. Did I see any bees or wasps? Nope.
There’s a bunch of warning signs telling you not to touch the cholla cactus. Apparently they’ll mess you up! So be careful.
Overall, the trip was a success! Though it was super hot. I’d definitely suggest coming here anytime other than the summer. I can’t wait to visit in the fall/winter!