What a day! We get up round 8am and head towards Palm Springs - Matt's found the biggest cable car carriage in the world which takes us 8000 feet into the mountains it's $46 for us both and It's easy enough to find and the queue wasn't bad at all, we managed to get front facing seats.
My god is it big! Fits 80 people shockingly and a real surprise came when the floor starting rotating.
The views are stunning - beautiful rock cliffs and as we approach the top we can see some snow - there's an obvious change in the temperature as we get out and walk towards the trails - the air is so clean though.
We walk along the nature trail finding some big boulders where Matt gets a sun trap and soaks up the sun - we head back and grab a postcard for Bridie and make our way to check out the Cochella festival - it's ACDC amongst other big names and we're hoping to park up and listen for free but we're naive - we park in the muddy general parking area and it's packed at $490 a ticket these boys are doing well.
We can't get a ticket tout it's illegal here so make our way to Joshua Tree hoping for some entertainment to make up for it.
We immediately see the Joshua Trees - Jacq thinks they're ugly - big spikey bulbous things sticking out of the trees line the roads - we head to Rancho De Luna where the Foo Fighters part recorded Sonic Highways and Matt poses outside near the big sign saying "no trespassing respect our privacy absolutely no exceptions" - clearly respecting the point.
We find the Joshua Tree Saloon opposite and decide to grab a beer before camping up. It's a great bar, real authentic western American bar with great music playing and friendly staff. The manager allows us to park up for the night so we can enjoy a few more and the karaoke is due to start much to Matts dismay ;)
A few beers, grilled cheese sandwich (amazing!) and a new Joshua Tree Saloon t shirt later we're making friends with the locals (Jamie and Michael) and Matt's belting out The Police, Bon Jovi and some Train classics - goes done a storm, proper rounds of applause and we are merry by 9pm- we call it a night and make tracks for our RV.