One of our weekend day trips was 6 miles down the road to Coachella Nature Preserve. It is a palm oasis fed by an underground spring. It was a 2.4 mile round trip hike in soft sand and wooden bridges. Silas and Morgan spotted 10 lizards on the trail and tried to find the bobcat that lived on the preserve, with no luck.
The palms in the oasis are not cut or manicured except to allow people to pass under them on the trail because bats, rats, snakes, lizards, and spiders find refuge in the leaves.
After we returned to the visitors' center, the kids rummaged through the touch drawers filled with animal bones and other collectibles from the area. There were no Junior Ranger badges to be earned, but there was still much to be learned.
By the time we finished exploring we were famished, so we headed over to Souplantation for lunch. It is a sister restaurant to Sweet Tomatoes, which we love. The salad bar, soups, and corn bread hit the spot.
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