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Traveling Dad Reviews: Desert Jeep Tours
Divorced Dads travel differently with their family. Our members like to mix in a little
Adventure with our Family time. This month, learn about Desert jeep tours around Palm Springs.
Desert Jeep Tours in Palm Springs
It’s summer and the kids want to get out of the house as
much as you do before they have to go back to school in a couple short months,
and the pressure for a summer vacation is only increasing with each passing
day. While some people may think
that it’s too late in the year to go travelling, I am here to tell you
otherwise. Don’t give up on
summer; it’s not too late to travel!
Just earlier this month I took my own family on a small summer
adventure, one I hope that can inspire ideas and spark motivation within your
own selves to take your family out before this year’s last summer sun
For this Fourth of July weekend I decided to take my family
out to Palm Springs. As a parent,
we all know too well how considerably "uncool" it is for a teen or tween to be
seen out anywhere with their parents, thus making family outings both
uncomfortable and difficult. Let’s
face it: travelling with teens can be worse than pulling teeth. All they seem to want to do is be on
their cell phones or in the hotel watching Netflix. Well, I am here to tell you that this Dad (yes, me) was able
to relate to and have fun with his teen and tween daughters while out
travelling this summer – and so can you! I found this opportunity by visiting Greater Palm Springs website.
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Probably one of the most memorable moments that our family
has had in a while was made on our special Fourth of July weekend. One night of adventure and excitement
had us aboard a desert jeep tour, with an open-top and plenty of potential for
a night full of adventure. While
getting the kids out of the pool or the air conditioned hotel room to go spend
time with the family outdoors can prove to be exceptionally difficult during
the summer heat, it is up to you to show them that there is indeed something
out there worth their time and participation. Since the jeep tours started in the late afternoon, around
6pm, and ended just a couple hours before midnight, beating the heat wasn’t too
daunting of a task to tackle and by going out later in the day you’re able to
enjoy more of the family with less of the heat. The jeep tours picked us up at our hotel, supplied with all
the necessary equipment, plenty of water, and without many other people riding
along with our family for the tour (another advantage of late summer travel:
beat the initial rush).
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Our guide was a wonderful gentleman who goes by the name
Carlos – a geologist with additional background in astronomy. Having someone with such exceptional
knowledge of the land we were treading on lead a tour rather than taking the
reins in our own hands and exploring blindly (although that can be quite fun as
well!) was amazing because not only was I and my wife able to enjoy the tour
and gain new knowledge, but we were also able to see our daughters interacting
with their surroundings and applying the information they learned to
reality. Our girls, popular to
other teens and tweens, were especially interested in the Random Trivia sported
on tour. One of the random trivia
facts we learned, for example, is that the Coachella Valley is not a true
valley at all, but rather is a basin and was falsely named while mapping and
conquering the native peoples that were once prevalent in the area. We even got to eat some of the native
desert mesquite, which not only provides a lot of nutrition but also utility
such as guarding oneself from the heat.
By learning about the geography and demographic history of the so-called
Valley we were able to better understand its history – such as how so many palm
plants got there (which are not necessarily native to the area). Once, there was only a single primary
palm plant, which then grew fruit that was eaten by local animals, such as the
coyote, which helped to germinate the palm seeds once released in the animals
excrement – also explaining why some trees have grown slanted or in odd
ways. And of course the kids
cracked never-ending jokes about "palm poop."
Driving off-road in a vehicle that resembled a CJ3 Jeep
(jeep front with a truck bed end), buckled in but being blown by the wind
unrestricted by doors and a ceiling, we explored Palm Springs in the Coachella
Valley. While there was still much
excitement before the night fell, once the sunset came and the sun fell behind
the mountains – that’s when the real fun began! Carlos, our guide, broke out a laser pointer and aimed it to
the sky, outlining constellations and well-known star formations with acute
precision. But what was really
special was being able to release my and my wife’s inner-nerds and see the
magic behind nightfall with eyes feeling young enough to be that of an
adolescent. The sky was clear and
the stars were out in a mass; but even cooler than the stars was the proud
parent moment experienced when we succeeded in getting the family out together,
having fun with each other, and at the same time learning something and showing
the knowledge they already had.
Such a rewarding experience!
So before you start school shopping and close your mind and
wallets to the prospect of travelling this summer, think about all of the fun
you would be missing out on!
Summer is not over, and the time to enjoy your family’s company has only
just begun! With lots of
opportunities for adventure and a mixed bag of accomplishments to accompany
said adventures, what else is there to wait for? Enjoy the summer while you can! For more fun in the sun opportunities check out Chill Pass for a Greater Palm Springs
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