Flying to Joshua Tree
Thanks to my pilot friend Amos Collins, we had the amazing opportunity to take a weekend trip to Joshua Tree National Park...by plane! Amos and his fiancee Heidi flew up from San Diego and picked us up at the nearby Fullerton Airport Friday afternoon. We stuffed our camping gear into the small 4-seater, and then flew to Yucca Valley, a small town close to Joshua Tree. Not only is flying in a small plane tons of fun (especially with friends), but it's also quite gratifying when you can look down below at the traffic on the 91 freeway that you would otherwise be stuck in. We rented a car in Yucca Valley so we could drive into the park, and managed to find a camping spot despite the campground being "full."
On our way back, we had a bit of extra time, so Amos let me do some flying myself, including taking off twice (though he did most of the work during the takeoff, like worrying about the flaps and throttle). We also got to fly over the park, which was great. It was really interesting to see the huge rocks from above.
Besides the flying, we really enjoyed hanging out with Amos & Heidi, and spending some more time in Joshua Tree.
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