Two Kids, Five Days and Forty-Nine Palms

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATravelling with our kids to Joshua Tree, California was more than a climbing trip. We mixed it up with climbing, bouldering, hiking and lots of laughter. We explored a new place and enjoyed being together as a family. It was not always fun, there was extra tired times, whining times for all of us and times of ultimate boredom waiting in security check line-ups at the airport. That’s all part of travelling and my kids are learning to put up with it even when they don’t like it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe memories we will cherish are those where we discovered something new about our world and about ourselves – like how prickly a cactus really is, and how fast a lizard can run, how good mangos taste before they travel a thousand miles to Canada, and how well we can climb round granite bOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAoulders.

Our hike to Forty-Nine Palms was a great way to end the trip. Something completely different and we moved at a different pace. It was two hours from car-to-car over a well defined trail and lots of desert plant life, including cacti. The reward was the oasis with well over forty-nine huggable palm trees towering above. I highly recommend it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur measure of a good destination is will we go back? To Joshua Tree, California most definitely ‘yes’. There are still many more palm trees to hug, lizards to chase and boulders to climb – next time we will camp.

I’ll will provide the logistical details and some tips for travelling to Joshua Tree in my next post.



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