Did I forget to mention the time we spent a few magical days with my brother and sister in law and their 4 daughters in the desert? It was mid February, President's day weekend, and they came to visit us from Michigan to get a reprieve from the brutal winter cold. Luckily for them, the temps were in the mid 80s that week and lucky for us they found an awesome house to rent near Joshua Tree.
Rock House in Yucca Valley was the name of the house and the price was right at about $100/per family per night, easily sleeping 10 in comfort. The name was appropriate since there were a few boulder groupings to scramble on around the property. We saw a jack rabbit and heard coyotes. We clearly saw the starry night sky and Beauty and The Beast on VHS in the rec room.
About 15 minutes away was the actual national park of Joshua Tree. We were able to get the cousins out on 2 easy hikes and enjoy the immaculate scenery.
Back in Yucca Valley we visited Pioneertown; an Old Western town used for many a movie shoot that's now a fun tourist destination to polk around. The main draw was the cluster of antique shops along 29 Palms Highway down the road. Incredible prices, but less midcentury and more antiquey Western. We did score a geode for $5 and a large gorgeous quartz crystal for $18. Easily 10x that in LA. I saw a cool longhorn for $100 but A wasn't into it.
The main idea was to get plenty of downtime with the family and it was super worth it. Every minute was sweet, funny, and memorable and worth trying to repeat annually. Just look at those beautiful punim.
We made a pit stop in Palm SPrings on the way home. It just wouldn't be a proper trip to the desert without a dip in the Ace pool or a meander through Moorten Botanical Cactus Garden. I highly recommend all of the affordable and family friendly above whether its a quick getaway or longer. The desert will not disappoint.