We got up before 6am, ON A WEEKEND, to see hot air balloons launch from Cathedral City. What happened when we arrived? Cancelled! Only one balloon went up for tethered rides. But we were rewarded for getting up early with this vivid rainbow above the San Jacinto Mountains.
In the afternoon we went hiking at Whitewater Preserve. The hills on either side blocked the sun, so it was shaded and cool. The ground near the small river was very soft grey sand, and there were smooth river rocks everywhere.
In other areas the trail passed over a small stream and through a small crop of very tall river reeds (only a few steps really, but that part freaked me out).
The Preserve is surrounded by the San Gorgonio Wilderness. For real, there is a sign that says you are entering the wilderness:
Although I suggested we might not be ready for actual wilderness, we kept on the path anyway and came upon the Pacific Crest Trail. We walked on that for a short bit before heading back.
Thankfully there were no rattlesnake or mountain lion sightings!