This holiday season, we decided to skip the long lines in the popular destinations and take the lesser travelled road to Palm Desert, CA.
Imagine majestic mountains, a desert landscape and an oasis in the middle; that is Palm Desert, CA. Only 20 minutest east of Palm Springs, CA, it could be called sub-urban Palm Springs too. This is my first travellogue cum picto blog. Come with me to this small town where you can see life spring from stones and rocks.
SFO _ PALM DESERT, CA _ Approx 7 hours drive assuming NO Traffic and minimal stops. It took us 9 hours. As soon as we entered LA .. it was stop and go. The last 120 miles took 4 hours :)
|Every good road trip needs a picnic. Lots of stops along the way to Palm Desert to have a little picnic.|
|DAY 1: SUNRISE ... and view from the Patio.|
Definitely a Good Morning!
|Panaromic view from the patio.|
Palm Desert is heaven if you like golfing.
Day 1: Tourist Stop: THE LIVING DESERT
|Love knows no caste, color, creed or animal group.|
Some Giraffe Love.
Ok.. In reality its feeding time.. they are eating from the feeder from two opposite sides :)
|No two giraffes have the same spots :)|
|And you thought a nest was simply some twigs put together.|
It's a science.
|This would look gorgeous in a backyard too.|
Beautiful display in the African Village at The Living Desert.
|A very handsome Yucca!|
What do you think?
|The Live Animal Show at The Living Desert.|
This is an African Serval. Very unique animals and very up close interaction.
DAY 2: THE PALM TRAMWAY: It takes you from a Desert landscape to a National park 8500 feet above. From a dry desert landscape to a snowy redwood forest. AMAZING!
|The beginning of the hike as we get down from the tram at the Mountain top.|
|Hike starts _ Its a simple hike, but most of the walk is unpaved, so wear good shoes.|
|Tree Canopies _ it was a gorgeous day.|
|The Desert Trail _ An easy trail for little ones too.|
There are 5 vista points, check out all of them.. they are breathtaking views.
|Learnt something new.. Jeffery Pine trees.. their scent is like Vanilla or butterscotch like :)|
And yes, we did get a few whiffs.. YUMM!
|Another tree canopy.. the trees are just gorgeous.|
|Can u see the Desert Below?|
|Can u see the remains of the melting snow?|
This was also Thanksgiving Day _ We had a gourmet meal made to specification and taste of every member of the family. The boys wanted Chicken and the girls wanted something spicy and Indian :) And why not.. Palm Desert is surrounded by Indian Reservations.
|The Thanksgiving Dinner table is set.|
|Pani Puri _ transcends all cultures and festivals.|
|Green Beans Casserole with an Indian Fusion|
|Cake _ yes we bought it from the store. The kids topped it off with ice-cream too :)|
|The Aqua Caliente Indian Reservation taken over by modern man.|
|DRIVE THRO' ATM _ IF ONLY THE BAY AREA KNEW WHAT IT WAS MISSING :)|
|As we drive towards Palm Canyon|
|Wonder what thrived here before?|
|It's dry, barren and lifeless.|
|And then we see this. The word "Oasis" comes alive.|
|Life springs in the most lifeless conditions.|
|As we hike down to the Palm Canyon Trail. Its a 15 miles trail.|
i would not recommend going all the way.
As you hike down, you will see the Oasis area.. its perfect for those vacation Photo Opps.
Take pictures and then head on over to Andreas Canyon.
|Pictures don't do justice to the beauty of this landscape.|
ANDREAS CANYON TRAIL _ My Personal Favorite Part of the trip.
Its a 1.5 mile easy trail. Its unpaved with up and down climbing on small rocks , but its totally worth it.
You will be blown away. The stream I am told flows all year long.
|Andreas Canyon Trail|
|It's hard to believe there is a desert on the other side of the trail. |
Day 4, we head out early from our hotel, hoping to hike a little in Joshua National Park before
heading home. But seeing the traffic and how far away it was, we saved it for the next trip to
Palm Desert :) Yes, I think we will go here again some time.
It's one of those places that surprises you. We went thinking there won't be much and the
only saving grace will be the hotel pool. At the end of the vacation, we realized, we tested the
pool waters only once.
All in all, a great place to take your family to. Next time you don't know where to go to..
Think Palm Desert, CA.