The day we left Palm Desert to make our two-day drive home to Idaho, we stopped in Nevada at the Valley of Fire State Park. When Daniel took the turn to the park, I had no idea where he was taking me. He said, "Just wait... you're going to love it." And love it I did.
We explored the red rock formations, searched for lizards (and spotted so many), and hiked all over the park. It was beautiful and I'm so glad Daniel took the little 2 1/2 hour detour so we could go experience a new place together!
A desert iguana.
Two chuckwallas warming themselves in the sun (no, they were not mating).
Throughout our whole vacation, we experienced 5-parks, hiked for hours and hours, took way too many pictures, ate the most delicious food, enjoyed the best donuts from the most hole-in-the-wall place in 29 Palms, caught basking rays at the pool, and even got to hit the gym a couple times. Oh, and I can't forget to mention that I introduced Daniel to his very first In-N-Out experience—at which he dined on a hamburger and I loaded up on a Double Double and cheese fries. Heck, when you only have it once a year, the Double Double is the only way to go.
All in all? What a trip!
Palm Desert Road Trip 2013 Posts:
Joshua Tree National Park │ Indian Canyon │ Palm Springs Aerial Tramway │ The Living Desert │ The Valley of Fire │ Palm Desert Road Trip 2013 Video