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Viva Palm Desert!

Palm Desert and the Coachella Valley

This is our eighteenth year visiting Palm Desert/Coachella Valley area of California.  We come here to enjoy the incredible scenery, hike in the desert and mountains and to watch polo.  This year, as in most years, Monte and Aleta visited with us, thus doubling the fun. We stayed in the Marriott’s Desert Springs Resort which […]

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Picnic In The Canyons

Palm Desert 2014

Getting there: It was time for our annual trip to Palm Desert so we packed our bags and hit the road, this time with Monte and Aleta.  We decided we wanted to get away from the snow and cold as quickly as we could so we headed straight south to take “the southern” route.  With four drivers we were able […]

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Sea Otter!


  Frankly, up to this point this trip has been a little disappointing when it comes to wildlife.  Yes, we’ve seen a couple of golden eagles, plenty of hawks and lots of lizards, but we haven’t seen anything new, nor any of the “special” animals.  Can’t tell you how many hikes we took trying to find bighorns, […]

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Big Sur!

Big Sur

Male seal and some of his females   Thursday morning we headed north towards Monterey.  Just an hour after we left Palm Springs we started encountering LA traffic.  And….that traffic continued for the next four hours as we wove our way through downtown LA, past Hollywood and on to Oxnard. Sometimes going slow through LA […]

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Hummers and Rattlers

Morning View   Our first morning in Palm Springs was warm and beautiful.  It was 65 degrees when we went out on the balcony to enjoy our coffee and watch the wildlife.  It’s really peaceful here in the mornings. One of our “must-dos” in Palm Springs is visiting the Agua Caliente Indian Canyons.  We first like to go up […]

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