Our next adventure took us to the Coachella Nature Preserve, a wonderful mix of desert and palm oases just a few miles from the cities. The McCallum Grove is the first oasis you encounter in the preserve. A spring bubbles up from the desert and feeds this lush forest of native fan palms. Boardwalks protect the sensitive area.
After a brief walk through the oasis you are once again in the desert. Recent rains had washed out some of the desert trails, however it was possible to hike to Thousand Palms Oasis. We demured and instead took a desert trail back to the entrance. Here we found flowers blooming and lizards basking in the sun.
One of the things I love about the desert are the wonderful abstract shapes and images that you see if you let yourself focus on the close ups.