The California Desert
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.
A closer look reveals changes in the landscape over time.
Warm coats and boots are a good idea if you want to explore the trails in winter.
We couldn’t resist the temptation of a self-portrait.