Danielle's spring break snuck up on us, so we didn't plan anything until 3 weeks before it happened. We wanted to use my frequent flyer miles plus free ticket to go somewhere, and North Carolina sounded nice. Unfortunately the cheap (25k miles) frequent flyer seats to there were full. After trying a number of destinations it seemed Seattle was the only place we could fly for free, so that's where we went.
A long time ago, Tone and I met WLD at Joshua Tree. He told us about a Yahoo group of hikers who do trips. Once I got home I signed up, but didn't do anything besides occasionally read trip reports. Tone took to it much more and went on a lot of trips. He organized a trip to Mojave National Preserve and invited me. Since I love that park and hadn't gone anywhere in a while, I decided to go.
Since Danielle and I spent Christmas apart, we felt the need to do something together before the end of her Christmas break. So on Thursday, January 1, 2004 we drove out to Mojave National Preserve. On the way there, we stopped at Danielle's dad to drop off the rats so they would get adequately spoiled over the weekend. We made it to the park without any problems, and headed down Kelbaker Road.