“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.”
~Henry David Thoreau
After the ADOPCTKO (Annual Day Zero Pacific Trail Kick Off) festivities, equipped with expert trail tips from a favorite park ranger, we headed north to the south entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. We day-hiked the Lost Palms Oasis Trail that starts outside the Cottonwood Ranger Station. This 9 mile round trip easy hike travels up a peak, visits 2 springs, and the largest grove of Palm Trees in Joshua Tree. The highlight of this adventure was the sighting of a desert tortoise!