Route 66 runs through Flagstaff and that’s the road we took to Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree National Park. We were looking forward to see our cottage in the middle of the desert. Arriving after dark again, we didn’t have a clue of the view outside our Thunderbird Lodge Retreat. Turned out we had a few neighbors down the dusty road but we never heard or saw someone living there. This quiet and well-equipped Mountain House was the perfect home base for the next few days.
- Joshua Tree National Park is where the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert meet. Lots of Joshua Trees and cholla cactuses. This area is pretty quiet and easy to drive around. We probably took the shortest loop trail in the whole park to see the famous Barker Dam. Of course there was not a single drop of water left in the reservoir…
- Palm Springs was extremely hot. We took a walk around the block, had a yoghurt ice cream and went back to the airconditioned car to go search for the Ace Hotel and take a refreshing swim at last. Turned out some group rented the whole place for a private party (nooo!) so we crawled back into our car and continued the self-guided Mid-Century architecture tour. The self-drive map we bought was rather confusing and not detailed enough, so we just cruised around and spotted some extraordinary houses by chance.
- The Integratron as described on the blog Freunde von Freunden intrigued us to a great extent so we went to check it for ourselves. It was definitely worth the stop, only a pity all spots for the sound bath were fully booked that day, so instead we took our time to try out those relaxing hammocks in the shade.
- Ma Rouge was our favorite place to have lunch. Tasty wraps and ice teas!
For this part of our journey we booked 3 nights but we would’ve loved to spend a lot more time here.