Desert Hot Springs, CA (p2)

We  did a bike ride around the NW area of Palm Springs to check out some of the post-modern architecture.

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Hiking Whitewater Preserve about 4 miles.  Covered .8 mile of the Pacific Coast Trail!!

A ride up Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, up Mt. San Jacinto State Park into 14000 acres of wilderness and beauty!!

 

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We visited 1000 Palms Oasis Preserve which is located at the foot of Indio Hill on the north side of the Coachella Valley.  The wonderful fan palm paradise is situated over the famed San Andreas fault-line.  The fault forces underground spring waters up to the surface.  From the visitor centre to the McCallum Oasis it is about a 2 mile, well marked walk round trip.  The McCallum Oasis was beautiful with it’s palm lined pool in the middle of the desert!!

 

We took a trip with some friends from British Columbia we met at Sam’s to Idyllwild which is one of the 100 Best Small Art’s towns to visit in America.  It has an elevation of 5,413 feet and is part of the mile high club!!  It is in the heart of the San Jacinto Mountains and it’s windy road up the mountain hugging rock faces and back down is worth the trip.  There are breathtaking views of the Coachella Valley below at different lookout points and if the sky is clear you can also see the Salton Sea. We stopped at a little restaurant called Paradise Valley with fantastic food and wonderful live jazz music performed by a local older gentleman.  Avoid the coffee, it is horrible!!

Air Force One with President Obama came to Palm Springs International Airport in February.  Steve and I lucked out with seeing Air Force One and the Sultan of Brunei’s Boeing 747-430 also parked at the airport.

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Air Force One

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