One of the greatest benefits of being related to the Murdy clan is getting to tag along with experienced hikers everywhere we go. In fact, my in-laws are such hiking gurus, that they lead the local monthly Sierra Club hikes in Joshua Tree each season.

Tomorrow I will join them for this hike (no more pregnancy updates until Monday):

“November 17th…   Wonderland to Willow Hole.  Joshua Tree National Park If someone is waiting in the background for you to check Palm and Pine for a hike on this date, say the following out loud, ”Here’s a good one: we can go cross country with the Murdys in Joshua Tree National Park in a place called The Wonderland of Rocks.”  It’s a shuttle hike from Barker Dam, north to a couple of rock art sites and then to Willow Hole.  Lunch there and a walk out through the Wonderland wash about six miles, on the strenuous side, and involves boulder scrambling.  Probably a couple of hundred feet altitude gain.” Bring lunch, snacks, and at least two liters of liquid.”

I am happily escaping to Joshua Tree for the day to scramble, hike, talk, and be in the wilderness. I love me a strenuous hike.

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