Day 41

For our last day in Indio, CA we spent the day in Joshua Tree National Park.

Nina says this was the best day of our trip.

It really was amazing.

The girls think the tiny print in the sole of my show is adorable. They follow my tracks in the sand on our desert hikes.

We started off in the Cholla Cactus garden.

Yes, that last picture is correct. You Don’t want a cholla cactus in your skin. Mimi and Becca both had encounters with one of these cute little baby cactus balls. We used a sock to pry them out.

Next week stopped a giant rocks to explore. We rock climbed for hours. They were amazing.

We spotted a ground squirrel! He was adorable.

These boulders are massive and so fun to explore.

Then we found Joshua Trees!

And more giant rocks to explore! So much fun! We kind of got lost.

We then hiked to The Arch ( short .37 miles)

Then we lucked out and accidentally ran into the 29 Palms Oasis. There was no water there. But we found Mexican Food!

We stopped at the visitors center and learned a few cactus and plant nanes

There were some pretty things in bloom there.

Then we went to the 40 Palms Oasis.

This was a strenuous 3 mile (OAB) hike over a mountain. But there is shade and big rocks to rest on under the palm trees at the oasis.

The oasis has HUGE palm trees. You can’t even imagine

I wish we were not in a time crunch to beat the sunset. Would have been nice to relax in the oasis for a while.

We barely made it back before sunset. Cut it really close.

Nina said her entire body hurt on the hike back. She was such a trooper!

After hiking 10 Miles today, it’s no surprise we were all exhausted and aching.

We came back to the resort and had a nice relaxing playtime in the pool.

We very much enjoyed our last day in Indio. And according to Nina, it was our best day yet!

Published by gradybunchmom

Mother of seven. Living the adventure on our own terms and loving every step of the journey. Beginning this blog to chronicle our trip across the country and take our family and friends “with” us.

2 thoughts on “Day 41

  1. Wonderful pictures. The terrain reminds me of when I lived in the highh dessert of Calif for 1 1/2 yrs. Joshua trees and cactus were all around us. Sure was different than our NC state.


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