It was tough to justify getting out of the house for a quick getaway in the middle of a pandemic. The kids were getting restless and grumpy; I had toxic days at work caring for Covid patients. That’s it! everyone needed a little change of scenery. We opted for a simple outdoor activity that easily allowed social distancing.
First stop was the Kelso Dunes in the Mojave Desert in California. we left early and arrived there just before sunrise. We owned the dunes that day.
We took the kids to Coachella Valley during thePresident’s Day weekendto visit art installations for Desert X 2019. The art exhibits are free and open to public from February 9, 2019 to April 21, 2019. The art exhibits are installed in different parts of the Coachella Valley.
Leaving home early to maximize light and hopefully catch sunrise in one of the installations, it was almost 7 am when we parked the car on the side of the dirt road. First stop was Specter by Sterling Ruby; It was unforgettable because It was so windy, cold and we experienced being ina “ mini sandstorm” Sand affected our visibility and we had sand on our hair, ears and clothes. Now I understand why there’s plenty of wind farms in the Coachella Valley.
From the side of the road, we walkeda few feet towards the “orange glow of a rectangle which stood proud and unique against the mountain and the wind mills. We were not able to visit all the installations for lack of time.
We were headed to Mt Charleston to take the kids for some winter fun and Vince thought we could pass by Death Valley on our way there. We have always wanted to explore Death Valley National Park but the fear of extreme warm weather during the visit was a deterrent. We figured, it was safer to visit it during winter when temperatures range from the low 30’s and high 60’s F. Death Valley National Park earned a world record for having the highest air temperature in July 1913 at 134 degrees F.
Leaving home around 3 am, we arrived at Death Valley National Park around 0630 am; the sun had just risen and it was beautiful. I wish we had more time to explore it, It was a short adventure , I’m sure we will visit it again.