Hope you are having a great week. A couple of weeks ago my family packed our bags and headed south from northern Washington State to southern California. If you are following me on Instagram, you might recognize some of these pictures. If you aren’t following me, I will let you correct that mistake and follow me now. Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you…
My husband’s parents spend the winters just south of Palm Springs in Niland CA which is part of the Coachella Valley. Normally, they live next to us on the farm, but every winter they head down south to the desert to escape the cold winter weather. It’s great for us because we have a place to stay when we want to visit them and get out of the rain and snow for a while.
Their property overlooks the Chocolate Mountain Range. It’s pretty much in the middle of nowhere, but there are lots of places to explore on the Quads up in the mountains.
On one of our excursions we headed over to an area called the Pinnacles which has a lot of neat looking rock formations and caves. We also found an abandoned airplane (or what was left of it) that has been set out for target practice.
There are a lot of coyotes (and roadrunners!) in the area. They are afraid of humans but I managed to snap a few pictures when a couple of them got close to the house.
No trip to Niland is complete without a visit to Salvation Mountain. As we were rolling up my three year old Chloe asked, “Is that a cake or a building?” Salvation mountain is an adobe clay structure made by Leonard Knight. The artwork is made from adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of lead-free paint. It encompasses numerous murals and areas painted with Christian sayings and Bible verses, though its philosophy was built around the Sinner’s Prayer. For more info about Salvation Mountain Check this out.
We also headed up to Joshua Tree National Park. It was about a two hour drive from Niland but it’s definitely worth a visit. The terrain and vegetation is really interesting. If you are in the area I would recommend checking it out.
It was great to enjoy the warm sunshine for a few days. Can’t wait to hopefully go back and visit again next year.
Have you visited this part of SoCal? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!