Hiking in deserts and oasis…..and a drag queen show?

Hi folks…..when in Palm Springs, there are things Kim says you must do. Definitely explore the outdoors. There are some pretty big changes in the scenery all around….from hot desert, to cool Palm Oasis. So, today was the day that they decided to put on the hiking shoes and hit the great outdoors.

First stop was the Tahquitz Canyon, a short 10 minute drive from their hotel. A bit of info on the canyon…

Tahquitz Canyon is one of the most beautiful and culturally sensitive areas of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation. Tahquitz Canyon is home to a spectacular seasonal 60-foot waterfall, rock art, ancient irrigation systems, native wildlife, and plants

Next stop….Indian Canyon. Again, close to town, Kim and John loved this place. There are a lot of trails here, they walked the Palm Canyon one, which is a big oasis of huge Palm Trees…they said it looked surreal, like a set from Disneyland.

Fifteen miles long, Palm Canyon is one of the areas of great beauty in Western North America. Its indigenous flora and fauna, which the Cahuilla people so expertly used, and its abundant Washingtonia filifera (California Fan Palm) are breathtaking contrasts to the stark rocky gorges and barren desert lands beyond. A moderately graded foot path winds down into the canyon for picnicking near the stream, meditation, exploring, hiking or horseback riding.

Now, they didn’t do 15 miles….not enough time…. but they did 3 and were amazed at the scenery.

They ended their evening with a drive to Pioneertown to eat at Pappy and Harriet’s. This is a pretty famous bar b q, live music spot 30 miles from Palm Springs. Some pretty famous people, like Paul McCartney have just “shown up” and played on stage….no luck last night. They said the food was pretty good…if you go, have the ribs. All food is made to order and cooked on the mesquite grill. They didn’t stick around for the band….John wanted dessert….so back to downtown Palm Springs with a stop at Brandini Toffee. This place has a pretty cool story about a local kid that started the company and how Oprah and Martha Stewart influenced the success of the place. Great toffee!

Oh yeah….the drag queens! Well folks Kim might have been a bit tired before she started hiking….might have been the wine and the partying at The RetroRoom. Every Saturday night they have a diva drag queen show. They loved this! It was very entertaining and something they say you must do when you are here. There are lots of different places to take in shows. They liked this one because it was in a small bar, and every seat is a good one!

That’s it for Palm Springs folks! They are going to take a scenic route called palms to pines today, on their way to Los Angelas. Tomorrow they will see everyone’s favorite mouse….Mickey. I don’t really like mice 😀🐶🐶🐶

Later folks, have a pawsitive day!

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