DAY TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTEEN
If you've read my blog for a while you'll know that I'm not a big fan of the Bump and Grind "trail" in Palm Desert. It's crowded, boring and, for a large portion of it, a road. However, there is one time of the month that the trail becomes one of the best choices for a hike in the desert: during full moon.
For those who don't know, the trail starts behind the Palm Desert Target. If you come here during the day, this place is packed--even during summer. Tonight, though, I am the only one here. It's the first time I've ever been alone on this trail. It's kinda creepy.
The moon creates an incredible amount of light and except for a few areas where the trail is in the shadow, no other source of light is required.
The Mike Schuler Trail is the trail that connects to the Bump and Grind "trail". The start of the Hopalong Cassidy Trail is also at the same location but this is the only sign. I don't know why but maybe Mr. Schuler being the trail master had something to do with it.
The trail has been widened since the last time I did it but to get a picture of it requires a flash. You can see it well with the naked eye but the camera just can't do it without help.
I don't follow the trail to its highest point because even at night the trail is a little bit boring. Next month, I am going to put out an open invitation and, hopefully, I can get some company to come along. The next full moon is Friday, September 4. Mark your calendars.