I started this past Memorial Day weekend with a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park for a hike. I never realized how unbelievably gorgeous the desert really is (my pictures do NOT do it justice, so you'll have to make time for a visit). Having just moved to the LA area from NYC, I'm immensely looking forward to the ease and frequency with which these outdoors adventures can occur.
Weekend hikes have been one of my favorite activities on past trips to Southern California. They're a terrific way to enjoy nature, friends, and are a fun way to burn some calories. I'm no hiking expert, so if there's anyone out there with local tips, please share! Next trip to Joshua Tree may include camping and/or bike ride through the park. I will definitely be back for more!