Shortly after Christmas, my dad, sister and I escaped to Palm Springs through the New Year. Truth be told, we weren't looking forward to the holidays this year and we certainly weren't looking forward to the anniversary of my mother's passing on January 3rd. This time last year brought back so many hard memories of her battle with cancer that we opted to scratch the traditions and change up the scenery. We biked through canyons, explored cactariums and even enjoyed a lovely meal cooked in our AirBNB for New Year's Eve. Oh and Joshua Tree, how could we miss that?