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We drove into Palm Springs yesterday, a place I’ve never visited. Its located in the Choachella Valley where summertime temperatures can reach 120 degrees, but winters are friendly. The San Jacinto Mountains were beautifully painted with snow. Palm Springs has that bit of mystique, for me. Playland for the rich. Expensive. Reading the local papers entertainment guide, it doesn’t lack for cultural events, art and, with the Indian Casinos, gambling and high class stage shows. We just missed Crystal Gale. Marty Robbins will arrive after we are gone. But, we didn’t venture far from our Thousand Trails Park.

We walked the park and stopped by the Seabergs, snowbird friends from Washington State.  Jan was home but her husband was gone for the day. Their dog, Lacey, loves Jim and always remembers him.

On our way back to our rig, we spotted a roadrunner. I’ve seen them other places but they move like lightening, you can’t get a decent picture of them. This one decided to pose.

It was momentary, but I managed a couple shots. Beautiful coloring. I was grateful to see one not flashing by in a streak.

We set up for nine days and are looking forward to that warm weather Palm Springs promises. Especially welcome since Murphys’ weather has been devilishly cold, snowy, and plagued by downed trees and power lines. Its nice to be in Palm Springs on an uneventful day.

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Another Google Earth Eye View…

Jim says:

This time you get to see about 20 miles worth of the Coachella Valley looking West along Interstate Highway 10. Continue another 120 miles or so and you’d be in downtown Los Angeles…No, Thanks!


On the lower right is the City of Indio which in Spanish means Indian. Thousand Trails RV resort is marked by the yellow pin. Palm Springs sits at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains. Thousand Trails RV Resort is at 246 feet of elevation while the San Jacinto Mountains have several peaks in excess of 10,000 feet. These mountains protect Palm Springs from the westerly winds and hence Palm Springs has an annual rainfall average of only 3.00 inches and upwards of 360 sunny days per year which is why this area is so popular.

Below is a Wikipedia link that tells you everything you would ever want to know about the Coachella Valley…

In other news…
Today is the 69th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

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