If we hadn’t gone to see that house with the trailers, we might not have found the Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve. The preserve has 18,000 acres of palms and wildlife and 25 miles of hiking trails. We weren’t prepared for a hike, so we just strolled around the palms.
The California fan palm grows here because the San Andreas fault interrupts the flow of ground water forcing it to the surface, creating a line of oasis that extends along the eastern side of the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs.
Speaking of the San Andreas Fault, we felt our first earthquake in the trailer on Monday, a 4.7 centered in Borrego Springs about 40 miles south of us. We bounced around for a few seconds before we realized what was going on, it was nice to be inside our little box on tires that can’t fall down or lose power.
Dinner Last Night:
REVERSE UNIVERSE SOUP. I had to make a few substitutions here. I couldn’t find parsley root so I used 2 parsnips and the store didn’t have black or french lentils so I used green. It was pretty darn good. We had it with a raw kale and roasted beet salad with quinoa puffs and a lemon/olive oil dressing.
2013 Cost of Camping:
14 nights paid camping
57 nights free camping
Total spent on camping this year: $407.75
Daily average cost of camping: $5.74