Monday, November 29, 2010

Exploring Around Lake Cahuilla


This is a great area, with lots of things to do, so we’ve managed to keep busy the past couple of weeks. Besides hiking the trails around the park, we’ve ridden our bikes into Old Town La Quinta and the Cove area, where we found a nice paved bike trail, and beautiful homes to look at. And after the horrible weekenders left, the Thanksgiving crowd was pretty well behaved.

One day we drove to Palm Springs and walked along Palm Canyon Drive, a street lined with palms, shops and restaurants. We had a good lunch at Las Casuelas, and saw some cute things in the shops, but as usual didn’t have a need (or room) for any of it. On the way home, Jim was kind enough to let me and Debbie stop at every thrift and resale store we could find, and there must have been a dozen. I am looking for some pinch pleated drapes to make a new pair of privacy curtains for the windshield, but they have gone the way of the dinosaur. We only found two pair, but not the color I wanted. Yes, we may be trailer trash, but pink just wouldn’t do.

Saturday Debbie and I went to the Palm Desert Street Fair, which takes place every Saturday and Sunday morning. There are over 350 vendors selling a little bit of everything. We bought a few things, most of it produce, but it took us a few hours to walk around the entire market.

Yesterday we took a ride to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument Visitor Center just south of Palm Desert, watched their film, and hiked the three mile Henderson trail. It is rugged desert country, but a nice walk to some good views.



The far mountain in the right rear is Mount San Jacinto, at over 10,000’ elevation, which you can get to by taking the Palm Springs Aerial Tram. We did that years ago when I came for an ophthalmology meeting, and there was so much snow at the top we were unable to hike. You can’t see the snow very well in this picture but last week the nearby mountains got several inches.


Found this picture of what this area looks like in the spring. Quite a difference! Would love to come back and see it in when the desert is in bloom.


Tomorrow we are moving on to another county park near Riverside.

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