Last week we were in Palm Desert California. It was hot. Super super hot (as in 114 most days). But, we did get out one morning to go to Joshua Tree. The park was really cool. I had no idea that Joshua Trees got so big. The rocks were very scratchy and seemed to be made up of millions of smaller stones (from reading the guide on the park that they are granite).
Over all it was a nice trip. A little pool time, Mike was in meetings most of the week, dinners out, bowling, antique shopping and hiking!