If you have orders to Twentynine Palms and you’re looking for information, I think I can help with that!
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I’ve been a military spouse for a little while now, we’ve undergone a few PCS disasters, but never one quite like Twentynine Palms.
After being on the East Coast primarily, we were excited to get West Coast orders. I looked up Twentynine Palms on the map and thought, okay! Great! This is in Southern California, we’ll be about to experience those famous tacos and sunshine year round!
Uhh…not so fast!
I seriously looked past those images on Google that showed Twentynine Palms looking like a total desert (it is!), akin to the surface of Mars.
If this sounds like you, I want to offer a few tips to make your move just a little smoother than mine was.
GET ON THE WAITLIST FOR BASE HOUSING
If you have kids, I highly recommend living on base. The community on base is completely amazing–there are always people outside and it doesn’t get dull. I’ve made some of the best friends of my adult life living on base.
If you’re single without kids, you may enjoy living off base more, but even then the area outside of base is a tad sketchy and I just wouldn’t recommend it.
HAVE A PLAN FOR SHORT TERM HOUSING
Probably my biggest tip is to have a plan for short term housing. There’s often a very long waitlist for on base housing due to the growing size of the base, and the lack of housing.
I recommend getting a nice air BnB that you’ll be comfortable in while you wait. This might cost some out of pocket money (it did for us), but plan for two months, and hope for the best.
If you’re not used to desert living, or you’re absolutely unfamiliar with the area, do brace yourself. There aren’t many resources (although the area is growing!), restaurants, or places to shop.
Arriving in Twentynine Palms can be shocking. Just be prepared.
EMBRACE THE LIFESTYLE
There is a lack of resources in the area, but it’s very charming if you know where to look. Plan to explore Joshua Tree National Park (it’s free for Military!), take up a hobby such as photography (the desert sunsets are just incredible), or even blogging, believe it or not, it could turn into a profitable hobby or a good way to get freelance work.
Time flies. Seriously, we just got our orders back to the East Coast and while I’m incredibly excited to be leaving the desert–I’m going to miss it.
Yep! I’m going to miss the incredible friendships I’ve made and the cotton-candy sunsets.