Thirsty Souls

Thirsty Souls: Desert Days

This week we're thirsty for some fun in the sun.  Here's how to live it up on your next day in the desert.

1. Sandboarding

If snowboarding's not your thing, leave the mountains behind and drop in on a dune.

This unusual sport has taken the globe by storm, and you'll find sandboarders everywhere from Arizona to Abu Dhabi. The world's first sandboarding park is stateside in Florence, Oregon.

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2. Natural Hot Springs

Everything's hotter in the desert - even the water.  Clothing is optional at Deep Creek Hot Springs; Saline Valley Hot Springs are remote and remarkable; and the water in Tecopa Hot Springs is said to have healing powers

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3. Hike the PCT

The Pacific Coast Trail is a whopping 2,650 miles, and our favorite bit is through the Mojave Desert. You may have to channel Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in "Wild" to tap into your own limitless potential -- the PCT is both a force of nature and a true tour de force. 

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4. Dune Buggies

Who says go-carts aren't for grown ups? Take an off-road tour or take off on a high speed chase. Adventure is the name of the game

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5. Set up camp

Make a temporary home for yourself among the cacti, crystals, and stars.

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6. Rock Climbing

Flex your muscles on one of the nearly 200 routes at Echo Cliffs for a day of premier climbing in SoCal.  Make a bet with your bestie and race to the top; wager a case of Cactus Water to keep the stakes deliciously high!

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7. Saddle Up

Add "A Horse with No Name" to your playlist, saddle up, and take the reins. Hoof your way through Afton Canyon, Morongo Valley, and Yucca Valley (all pictured below) for some awe-inspiring views.

8. Soak in the beauty

As you can see, the beach isn't the only place to relax with your toes in the sand; the desert has its own charms and enchantments.

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We'll always have a soft spot for the desert, home of the prickly pear cactus.

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