Since being back in the sunshine state I’ve wondered how, growing up, I didn’t fully appreciate this diverse landscape and natural beauty. Perhaps now I’m seeing it through new eyes.
After years of drought, Cali got a good shower. From October to February almost 28 inches of rain fell! Wettest year in 122 years of record-keeping. The flora went a bit crazy.
…and so did we. With May being national bike month, there were too many reasons to count to get out there and pedal. I didn’t have to go far for it to feel a bit wild. I was actually quite shocked to find some peaceful dirt trails with snow-capped San Bernardino mountains within view and the ocean just a few miles away.
20 Minutes after we had our feet in this water, a woman was attacked by a shark nearby. That didn’t keep many of the die hard surfers out of the water.
Before long I was eager to go camping again.
I love the desert for its severity, immense expanse and star bursting night skies. Since riding Baja I have a bit of cactus juice in my veins. My mother grew up going to Joshua Tree, so how is it that I had never been?
It seems that I was just waiting for that special moment in my life.
I am often blown away by how great it is to sleep out in the elements. Our second night we really were blown away by 55 mph winds which busted the tent zipper so we slept in a compact rental car. Nina was a champ but my sister and I were sure bellyaching. On a brighter note we awoke to cool weather which was perfect for cycling some dirt paths on the 5 acres of desert we had, just us and the desert spider beetles.
Spring time seemed ideal to go see what our friends were up to on the farm..
I wanted to do a post about our trailer that has made adventuring with a baby possible. It has also made everyday life, childcare and running around incredibly easier. Car culture rules in southern California but if you are a martian like me and don’t own a car life still goes on. With a little planning and pedaling errands are also a refreshing workout. In line at the market I’ve had people remark that my stroller must be such a pain to get into the car. Well, THIS is my car.
It’s actually surprisingly simple to fold up with and pop into the trunk of any car. I get stopped quite a bit by curious families and I’m quite happy to share info on riding with a tot. It may not seem like much at all but I hope that folks see me about town and think they too can imagine life with less use of a car.