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Driving Through Joshua Tree
Summer has finally ended for us and soon it will be time to visit our desert areas like Joshua Tree.  Now we have done camping in Joshua Tree before as you know, but if you are not into camping for the night Joshua Tree is a great place for a day trip.  We have done it before and as long as you are prepared your family can enjoy Joshua Tree for the day.  Inside Joshua Tree you will not get any cell service, there are no stores, restaurants, and no car services.  The number one tip is making sure you vehicle is ready for the trip, make sure your tires, oil, and water are good.  I headed to Walmart to get an oil change that we needed to get done before our trip and used the Quaker State Synthetic Oil for our car.

Now my husband usually does the oil change for us, but he has been busy with work and well life to get it done.  The light on my car been on for awhile and whenever I see it I get nervous driving my car even thought I know it is nothing big I still just like taking care of it and having it done.  I like to feel confident in the car I am driving my family in.

If you do your own oil change head to the Automotive section of Walmart and in the Oil aisle you will find Quaker State Oil and select the type you will need for your vehicle. 

For me it is convenient to go to Walmart as you can shop while your car is being worked on.  The Service Department provides you with this sticker that while you are shopping you can stop at one of those price check scanners and check the status for your vehicle.  

When your car is ready you have a sticker placed on your window letting you know when your next service is needed.

Feeling confident about our vehicle is important to me.  I feel safe and know that I can rely on my vehicle for long trips and desolate places like Joshua Tree.

 

 

 

Now that your vehicle is ready for the trip here are some more tips to driving through desert places like Joshua Tree.

-  Pack lots of snacks and plan on one meal inside the park.  We had breakfast on the way in, packed lunch for inside the park, and had dinner on the drive home.  There are lots of picnic benches around the park.  Our favorite is Cap Rock.

-  Pack lots of water.  You will be doing lots of walking if you take up hikes.  Make sure you also pack extra water just for your radiator.

Joshua Tree Hikes

-  Stop and stretch your legs with some hiking.  Joshua Tree is filled with lots of trails some as short as a quarter mile.  Skull Rock is just on the side of the road.  So park your car and take a photo op.  Keys Views is a .6 loop with views of the San Andreas Fault and the Salton Sea.  Another favorite is the Chollas garden which is just a .25 loop.

Joshua Tree Weather

-  Wear layered clothing.  The desert weather can change drastically so it is best to be prepared for anything.

Joshua Tree Tarantula

-  Slow down!  We saw this tarantula crossing the road on our drive and if we were going to fast we would have missed it.  Yes there are lot of critters in the deserts don't be scared about seeing them, just make sure you keep your distance and observe and learn from them.

We don't always plan our trips, sometimes we just talk about it Saturday morning and off we go!  It is nice when your car is maintained with Quaker State Oil that you feel confident in going on spur of the moment trips with your family.

Start off by visiting Joshua Tree for your first desert road trip as the views are amazing.  Then you can visit the other desolate places like Borrego Canyon, Amboy Crater, and Death Valley.

Have you visited any of these desolate places?  Which one?