As mentioned in a previous blog, some friends recommended Lake Cahuilla County Park. They mentioned they liked the area – I agree!! The campground is basically a typical county campground, just basic sand/gravel sites with electric and water hookups. The best part is it is one of the cheapest parks around, California campgrounds can be expensive. It does have a lake that I walked around each morning (about 2.5 miles). Here is a picture just prior to sunrise from just in front of my site.
Lake Cahuilla is in La Quinta, CA which is in the Palm Springs area.
I took the Palm Springs Aerial Tram up to the top of Mt. San Jacinto. You leave from 2643 ft and end up at 8516 feet. On the day I went there was 2 – 3 feet of snow at the top! The Tram is the world’s largest rotating tram, they say it holds 80 people.
I also discovered the Living Desert – wow, what a great place. It’s similar to the museum in Tucson, Arizona except this museum shows examples of many types of deserts. I laughed at myself, one day I was hiking in snow and the next I’m sweating in the desert – as I mentioned this is an interesting area.
Joshua Tree National Park was fairly close, so I went for a day trip. I was hoping they would be in bloom, but only a few were blooming. It’s probably another couple of weeks before their peak blooming time. The Joshua Tree is an interesting “tree”. For one it’s not really a tree, but in the lily family – the same family as the yucca. Actually it looks like a tree with small yucca’s at the end of each branch.