A blustery day in the desert -- Jan 10th, 2013
On the road again! We left chilly Nevada City on Tues, Jan 8th, traveling to the
warm cool and blustery low desert region of Southern
California. (It isn't always hot in the desert!) We’re spending two nites at
Desert Oasis RV Resort in Desert Hot Springs, so we can soak all the cold out
of our bones and joints in piping hot spring waters. We left home at the right time, too, ‘cause
snow was forecast for our area the next night! Actually it was right nice when we arrived, but a cold front blew in Thursday morning, with wind gusts up to 50 mph. We were very glad to be sitting in an RV space and not driving! The front brought a plethora of clouds which made for some very dramatic skies.
After a lovely morning soak and swim, Jimmy and I donned jackets and drove into Palm Springs for lunch, and to look around. Below is a picture of awesome Mount San Jacinto, which stands 10,834 ft above sea level and guards Palm Springs, which lies at the base of the mountain at a puny 440 ft. Quite a contrast. An aerial tram takes passengers to the top of the mountain (but not us, not today!). Instead, we drove to the Valley Base Station at 2,643 ft, where the clouds gathered and rain spit lightly on us and the temp was 48F, took a couple of pictures and returned to the relative warmth of Palm Springs! You can just make out the tram road snaking up the base of the mountain in the middle of the photo.
Part of the wind turbine farm can be seen @ lower right.
Jimmy on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Love the palm tree uniform "skirt" cuts -- so very neat!
Enjoyed an excellent lunch outdoors (under the heater) at Lulu's on Palm Canyon Drive.
While these folks studied the menu, junior here looked for kibbles and bits.
I see Venus, I see Mars, I see Marilyn's under-drawers! Jimmy!! Iconic Marilyn from the movie, The Seven Year Itch, is 26 ft tall, weighs 34,300 lbs (think: diet) and is sculpted of stainless steel and aluminum. She's on loan from City of Chicago because Palm Springs is where she was discovered and she loved the area so much she had a home here. Beautiful statue in the heart of Palm Springs.
And captured at this moment, she smiles happily into the blue sky.
A tram car at the Valley Station entrance of Mount San Jacinto Tramway. Snow is falling higher up.
Part of an extensive wind turbine farm. Hundreds of turbines of varying sizes stand out against the skyline.
And finally, this picture taken near dusk: On the opposite side of the valley from Mount San Jacinto stands the other sentinel: Mount San Gorgonio, the highest peak in SoCal at 11,503 ft. You can't see the mountain in this photo -- it's hidden beneath a heavy blanket of clouds, getting pummeled by snow! What a great place to see such breathtaking views! Love the desert.
Next up: Arizona!