Blogs from Palm Springs, California, United States, North America

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When it comes to feelings about the desert, there really is no indecision. You are either in or out. There is no in-between. Some see it as a wasteland, hot, arid and forbidding. Sand, sky and scrub. Certainly not worth visiting, much less living in. Others see it as everything they have ever dreamed of. A perfectly blank canvas where they can create any story their imagination can render. A vast landscape of endless opportunity whose only limit is one's own vision. The latter are the people who made Palm Springs. Utilizing what they had, the first visionaries took advantage of the hot dry air and natural thermal baths. Imagining cures for a host of conditions amongst the cactus, smoke trees and palms they built curative spas designed to give sufferers hope. People came from all ... read more
Caliente Tropic Hotel
Palm Springs
Pink Doors

North America » United States » California » Palm Springs September 2nd 2017

It's the day before departure. I feel like a kid in a candy store. Tom and I have traveled to Europe many times before but this time it feels different. This time we are going to be chauffered everywhere from the moment our third plane for the day touches down in Prague, our first stop on this amazing adventure. No rental cars, no trains no maps to see how to get from point A to point B. The plane lands, someone sees our shiny red Viking sticker and we are whisked away to our newest exciting adventure. 3 days in Prague, followed by an 8 day river cruise on the beautiful blue Danue and after that we end this wonderful trip in Paris.....we know what to do in Paris and we've already made our reservations at ... read more


,Well hello everyone from sunny and WARM Palm Springs. It's good to pack the cardigan and jeans away for a change. We were headed up to Boston when I last wrote and on the way there we stopped at a beautiful town called Wethersfield that had the most magnificent old homes that are still being lived in today and they are hundreds of years old. You would never guess how old they are as they are so well kept. I have included photos of just a few houses but there were whole streets full of these gems. Don't forget to look for the ghost house. After leaving Wethersfield we called in for a tour of Mark Twain's house in Hartford Connecticut and that is also a museum. Did you know that Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) ... read more
Wethwesfield house
Spoooooky
Wethersfield house

North America » United States » California » Palm Springs March 14th 2015

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North America » United States » California » Palm Springs December 27th 2014

Robolights is a steampunk-inspired, madcap display of robots and Christmas anti-kitsch made from discarded electronics and other trash that an artist set up in his own backyard in Palm Springs. The display uses 7 million LED lights and it is open to the public during the holiday season. Entry to the backyard - where most of the robots and crazy statues are housed - is $5 and it is well worth it. Robolights is located at 1077 E. Granvia Valmonte, Palm Springs. This is a must-see if you are in the area! I've attached and labeled some photos to give you an idea what this display is about. Enjoy.... read more
Something made from an old aircon unit, I think
Bird-headed robot
Robot standing guard over a pile of Christmas presents

North America » United States » California » Palm Springs November 28th 2014

Perhaps the most interesting and enlightening destination in Palm Springs is the Air Museum, a real gem dedicated to the restoration, preservation, presentation and operation of some of America’s most significant military aircraft from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. The result is a really fine collection of more than thirty aircraft from those conflicts, many still flyable and some being restored. It’s a non-profit institution which also has static displays, a research library, theatre, and education center, all with the aim of educating the public about the role played by Air Power in maintaining freedom. It provides a unique opportunity to view close up some of the actual legendary aircraft that participated in the European and Pacific campaigns, while learning about the deeds of their crews and their leaders. Detailed information plaques about their capabilities ... read more
The external Wall of Honour is dedicated to those airmen who won the Distinguished Flying Cross.
In its neat layout it features much more than just aircraft.
This mural, one of many, pays tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, the all-black fighter pilots of WWII renown.

North America » United States » California » Palm Springs November 20th 2014

Margo and I spent a delightful month in Palm Springs. Located about 100 miles east of Los Angeles with a population of about 45,000, it is the largest and best known of the adjoining cities and towns in the Coachella Valley. The mean annual temperature is about 75 F (24 C), and there are 180 days when the high reaches 90 F (32 C). On top of that, it’s almost always sunny, so it’s a paradise for “snowbirds” like us. The area had long been inhabited by Amerindians, but it only began to attract the interest of others in the late 1880s. It started to become a fashionable resort in the early 1900s because of its dry heat and near perpetual sunshine. By the mid-1930s wealthy people seeking respite from Los Angeles began to arrive, establishing ... read more
It's a fabulous oasis in the desert ...
... sheltered by mountains on the West and the East sides.
It has many varieties of palms plus other native and imported trees too.

North America » United States » California » Palm Springs November 18th 2014

Sometimes referred to as “the eighth wonder of the world”, this rotating gondola tramway is the largest of its kind anywhere, and the only one in the Western Hemisphere. Starting at the foot of Mount San Jacinto it travels 2 ½ miles through the Chino Canyon nearly to the mountain’s top, two miles above sea level. Thus it gives access to the 273,000 acre (425+ sq. mi.) Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument, with its 54 miles (90+ km) of hiking trails, and to the smaller San Jacinto California State Park. This trip is relatively inexpensive and Margo and I consider it an absolute “must” when visiting anywhere within the Coachella Valley. First planned in 1935, its construction had to wait until after WWII, but it was completed in 1963 at no cost to the ... read more
nearing the base of the Mountain 3 miles north-west of Palm Springs
The Valley Station is where we start.
We will travel almost 2 ½ miles (4 km), and will pass through climate zones the equivalent of a trip from Mexico to Canada.

North America » United States » California » Palm Springs November 17th 2014

Escaping from the Canadian Winter, Margo and I spent a month in southern California, mostly in Palm Springs and the surrounding area which forms the Coachella Valley. An extension of the Sonoran Desert, about 15 miles (24 km) wide and 45 miles (72 km) long, it is bounded by mountains on both sides, some as high as 11,000 feet (3,400 m). Palm Springs at the northern end of the Valley is about 120 miles (200 km) southeast of Los Angeles, and about 140 miles (230 km) northeast of San Diego. It’s far enough away that the frenzy of “Big City” life doesn’t impinge upon its tranquil lifestyle. For a very complete overview, go to http://en.wikipedia/wiki.org/Coachella_Valley The Valley is blessed with a multitude of hot springs, and there is ample irrigation from the Colorado River (think golf ... read more
a bit of Paradise, that's what
eight contiguous communities
desert, mountains, intensely blue skies

North America » United States » California » Palm Springs August 1st 2014

So I have been sitting in Palm Springs by myself for the last 3 days. I know what you're thinking: "What could there be to do in Palm Springs in the middle of July in the heat". Funny you should ask. First of all the golf courses are all open and they are cheap!!!! I have played at least 27 holes everyday. The most I have paid was 25.00 and that came with 2 beers and a bottle of water. Since I was riding the motorcycle to and from the golf course I had to trade down to a couple of bottles of Gatorade (and a bottle of water.) Now it's time to ask, "How did you get the golf clubs to and from the golf course on your motorcycle?" I am glad you asked. DUCT ... read more
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