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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Marilyn Monroe, Dates and So Much More


Today, we leave Desert Hot Springs and head back to Colorado for the holidays.

We have enjoyed our month long visit to the Coachella Valley and the time has flown by. We still want to explore the area more and look forward to returning in January.

So… What exactly have we been doing in the desert? Besides our trips to Cabot Pueblo and Joshua Tree National Park here are some of our favorite adventures.

 Just walking down the palm tree lined Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs can be an experience. Currently, one of the main downtown attractions is the three-story statue of Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn is the creation of Steward Johnson (a Johnson & Johnson heir). She made her debut in Chicago and resides in Palm Springs until next spring.  Also, an event not to be missed is the Street Faire held very Thursday night. Several blocks of Palm Canyon are blocked off to make way for an eclectic assortment of over 300 vendors - including lots of food, art and music.

Speaking of fairs – there is also a large street fair held every Saturday and Sunday at the College of the Desert similar to the one in Palm Springs, and is great for people watching.

The Village Green Heritage Center sits in the heart of Palm Springs. The Center is dedicated to the Native American Indians and the resilient pioneers who first settled the area. This Center houses four museums. Perhaps our favorite was Ruddy’s General Store with all of its 6000 original and unused items. Yet, we found the McCallum Adobe, Miss Cornelia’s White House and the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, all filled with pictures and stories from days gone by to be very interesting.

There were two other Museums we really enjoyed, the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Palm Springs Air Museum.

The Art Museum was hosting a traveling exhibit, “Woven Together: Art and Design in Southwest Indian Textiles”. Basically, it was a wonderful collection of Southwestern Native American weaving – including lots of blankets and rugs. While small, this is a really nice and easily manageable museum.

The Air Museum turned out to be an unexpected find. The museum is predominantly about WWII aircraft used on both the Pacific and European theaters.  What made it special were the volunteers (most from the “greatest generation” who were at most of the exhibits to explain the history, and some even their experiences in the war. Very Cool!

Not all our time here has been about museums – One special treat was meeting Nina who authors one of our favorite blogs, “Wheeling It”. Nina, her husband Paul, dog Polly, and cats Taggart and Rand, are fulltime RVers. We spent a wonderful evening swapping RVing experiences over a glass of wine.

The Coachella Valley grows about 95% of all the dates grown in the US and we have managed to eat our fair share – most notably farm fresh ones from Sam Cobb’s farm just down the highway from us. But what can't be missed is the Date Shake - we searched and found the “best date shake in the desert”. Welcome to Windmill Market.
Misc Palm Springs


  1. We have yet to visit Joshua Tree or Borrego Springs. We've heard so many great things about that area that we'll just need to put that as a priority on our ever growing list.

    Stay warm in CO, our daughter lives in Westminster and we'll miss her this Xmas....Safe travels. Ingrid

  2. Thank Ingrid. Right now the weather in Colorado is spectacular (Well, for skiers not so much).