The California Desert

Written by  //  January 26, 2013  //  California, Land Travel, Lodging and Dining, Travel Journals  //  2 Comments

Bill Golfing

What counts for winter in the Southern California desert affords plenty of sunshine, with numerous opportunities for golf. The executive course at Palm Desert Country Club offered challenging greens, but wide and short enough fairways to accommodate our inconsistent games without holding up other players. Our condo in Indio at the Grand Pacific Resort at Indian Palms gave us easily-accessible places to walk within the neighborhood. The staff was especially friendly, identifying the Tack Room Tavern as a place we could view Sunday football playoffs that fell between our condo weeks. Generous, tasty breakfast and lunch entrees and multiple TV screens met our needs.

A trip across the valley allowed us a chance to catch up with Roger’s cousins and ride up the Palm Springs Tram.  At the top, you find yourself in the Mt. San Jacinto State Park, with hiking trails and campsites. Winter offers snow; summer, relief from the desert heat.

This truly impressive operation takes you up to 8500 feet while doing two 360 degree turns, like those rotating restaurants atop hotels & the Space Needle. The ride offers alternating views of sheer rock faces and the valley below.

Tram Rock Face

A closer look reveals changes in the landscape over time.

Rockface Detail







Looking Down

Rockface, Trees & Snow






Coachella Valley







Warm coats and boots are a good idea if you want to explore the trails in winter.

Trees & Snow in Palm Springs



K&R at Palm Springs Tram








We couldn’t resist the temptation of a self-portrait.






2 Comments on "The California Desert"

  1. Ngarie January 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm · Reply

    It is a year since you were in NZ… wow time flies. great to see you are still packing less and travelling!!!

    Not a week goes by that I don’t mention you when guests complain that they over packed.
    We did just did a few days in Wellington and I managed to fit all I needed in a handbag. We had one small carry on bag for 4 of us including the baby!
    Kind Regards
    Ngarie @wish!

    • Kyanne February 3, 2013 at 1:23 am · Reply

      Wonderful to hear from you. And well done regarding your packing! Succeeding in packing in one carryon with a baby along puts us to shame. We think of you often and tell everyone that New Zealand has to be on their list of places to vacation. Thanks for all your support. Kyanne and Roger

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